I have always been exploring, seeking out treasure.
I grew up beside the river Thames in the City of London where I loved to search for treasures, and close to the old watchmaking district, an area alive with the spirit of craftsmen who once created the world's finest chronometers.
Here I studied jewellery and silversmithing, learning how to create my own treasures. I became fascinated with the beautiful artefacts created to explore our cosmos - from astrolabes to the latest Super-K neutrino detector. For me, these objects bridge the gap between art and science, displaying incredible imagination and technical craftsmanship in the perpetual human quest for the nature of reality.
After many years searching outwardly, I turned my attention inwardly and began a spiritual journey. I became a student of a Tibetan Buddhist master, and spent over a decade living, practising and studying at a Buddhist temple in the remote French countryside. I established a workshop making and restoring sacred Tibetan metalwork, and travelled to India, Nepal and Sikkim where I refined my craft. Inspired by this extraordinary spiritual and natural environment I began to create small sculptures in metal. I returned to London and established a new, larger workshop where my pieces grew in scale and complexity.
These objects appear sparkling in my imagination, glowing with a luminous, radiant energy. I take time to observe them in my mind, and then try to create them as carefully and accurately as possible by sketching, making models, and resolving complex technical issues. Completing the finished piece often takes several weeks, and uses all of my jewellery, silversmithing and blacksmithing skills.
In this highly automated world I feel that it is important for the hand to be sensed in my work. Although I take great care to make each object with as much precision as possible, my metalwork is complete with its tell-tale human imperfections. I love the malleability, durability, preciousness, and magical brilliance that metal provides. I make everything by hand, avoiding 3D printing, which for me is just too perfect and lacks human spirit.
Like a three-dimensional mandala, these circles and spheres represent not only the entire cosmos, but also of each subatomic element within it. This simplest of forms symbolises order and unity within which even the most complex, repetitive organic elements can be expressed clearly and directly. The invisible cyclical flow of energy within nature is a theme that I often return to.
As a jeweller I have spent years exploring the way jewellery enhances the body and mind of the wearer. Now, as a sculptor, my passion is to explore how large scale jewels transform our physical environment and inspire us to go beyond what we see and reconnect with the timeless wonder of the sacred treasures that lie within us all.