Photograph by Dennis Burr

I am a jewellery silversmith living and working in the beautiful Thousands Islands area of the St Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada. Nature has a strong influence on my work and I always carry my camera so as to be ready to capture its vagaries and delights.

My jewellery is all hand forged from sheet and wire, using mostly fairly basic tools. I have lately been experimenting with dropcasting – dropping small quantities of molten silver into a jar of cold water – which produces totally random, interesting shapes.

I first learned the craft at Duncan of Jordanston College of Art in Dundee, Scotland and, as my art teacher expected, was totally hooked! It is not an activity that requires a great deal of space which means it is easy to set up a workshop in a corner somewhere. I have worked in the garage, the garden shed, the dining room and the basement. All have been sufficient.

I am a member of Thousand Islands Arts (http://www.tiarts.ca/) which supports and showcases local artists of many media.

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