RSA Open 2017


Yes, I got selected, well “Firenze” did.

Thank-you to Jo for delivering the piece, Charles for the plinth, Axel for the photos, the Bradshaw bursary for getting me to Florence and the lovely people at Alchimia for their mentoring.


It’s a small sculptural piece in brass, copper and silver solder with heat oxidisation inspired by the architecture of the Oltrarno, Florence.


RSA Open 2017 – pre selection


Excited, I’ve been pre-selected for the RSA Open 2017 with this piece, Firenze, that I developed at Alchimia in Florence when on the Bradshaw travel bursary. I hope that it makes it through to final selection. I need to get on and finish it…

Alchimia, Contemporary Jewellery School, Florence

Two weeks in Florence just flew by. I’ve been on an intensive conceptual jewellery workshop paid for by my F and A Bradshaw travel bursary, taking design inspiration from Florence the city.

The morning of Day 1 was spent taking photos of things that drew my attention (about 70 in all). These I reduced down to seven images. All were connected with doors and keeping the outside on the street, but with hints of things behind the doors and walls.


This was the one selected as a key image- a renaissance arch doorway with a smaller door cut into it and some serious ironmongery.


I also like this one with the different architectural periods (arch and rectangular door) and the layers of posters.

The bells suggest lots of people (with door entry systems)

bellsienos dooriienos wallnos wallvxenos walliiienos

These others are more about surface textures and contrasts of materials.