Silverfish Designs is the work of Carol James, who lives and works on the side of the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Having spent four years at Southampton University studying for a degree in Archaeology, followed by a Masters in European Archaeology, she is still actively involved in the field. Carols main interest lies in prehistoric rock art and includes work on an on-going project finding and recording rock art in Wales with the Welsh Rock Art Organisation. These influences are reflected in many of the pieces she produces.
Her interest in jewellery making began as an escape from a busy job when she joined an evening class in silver smithing at a local college. What began as a couple of hours a week on a recreational course turned into a two year OCN course, completed in 2004. Since then the business has grown to become a full time occupation, with work being sold by a selection of galleries and at a number of contemporary craft shows across the UK.
In 2007 Carol was invited to join the Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen and her work can be seen at many of their events throughout the year. She works from The Little Studio at Blue Ginger Gallery on the Worcestershire / Herefordshire border where she has her full range of work on display.
Carol enjoys experimenting with different metals and decorative techniques and the effect of heat on the metals surface. Her jewellery designs are handcrafted, mainly in sterling silver and occasionally in gold. Her style is contemporary and organic, exploring textural effects and contrasts, and the way light plays on the surface of the metal. She takes influence from the natural and ancient worlds using these to create unusual and unique pieces to be worn and enjoyed every day or saved for special occasions.
Most recent designs have incorporated a larger element of her archaeological background, drawing particularly on Norwegian and Welsh rock art for inspiration. This led to an initial range based on the Bachwen burial chamber in North Wales, followed by a collection of pieces inspired by other prehistoric sites within Wales and Northern Italy. Most recent collections have developed during working trips to record the petroglyphs found in these regions. Future projects already in the pipeline will hopefully expand this amazing resource and lead to many more designs with their roots in the past.
You can either purchase directly on-line, from this website, or from several outlets across the UK, including:
Commissions which reflect the style of my jewellery can be taken. Please email or phone with details of what you would like and I will let you know whether it is possible and give you an idea of the costs involved.
You will be advised of estimated delivery time when ordering, but usually 2-5 days. Stock items may be sent out next day. Delivery is not included in the price. Postage stated is for UK only, please contact me directly for price on postage outside the UK.
All items are handmade and so there maybe variations in appearance to the picture on the website. This is the appeal of handmade items and proves the originality and uniqueness of each item. Chains for pendants are a standard 16” length, however other lengths may be available on request.
Please specify in your order should you require a longer length and I will advise if there is a price difference.
All designs are and remain the property of Silverfish Designs.
All items are handmade using the materials stated and are hallmarked accordingly. If an item does not give customer satisfaction an exchange or credit will be offered providing the item is returned undamaged within 28 days of purchase.
Earrings may not be returned for reasons of hygiene.
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