"Liz specialises in using anti-clastic
raising techniques to produce large
yet light curvaceous pieces."
I delight in creating sculptural, bold and curvaceous, elegant jewellery and tableware. I can best achieve a fine linear fluidity using anti-clastic raising, where two curves are developed in opposite directions to achieve items that are large yet light and strong. The fine gauge precious metal sheet is not forged (spread) but hammered systematically over specialised stakes using either a metal hammer on nylon or a nylon hammer on a metal stake.
Whether I am creating a piece of silverware or jewellery I have always wanted the sculptural lines of movement to flow around the piece, so there is something different to see from every angle. Sometimes I combine anti-clastic forms with forged or carved pieces when appropriate for tighter curves and the inclusion of gemstones, these are brought together by laser welding - so as not to soften the work hardened metal.
At college I was always being told my very 3-dimensional designs could not be made. Studying with Michael Good and Heikki Seppa in Maine USA enabled me to learn the techniques and create my own style. It is a labour intensive hand raising process and I may have to make several trial pieces before I am happy with the final pattern for the finished piece.