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Jean Wilkinson

Changing metal into beautiful shapes and capturing the essence of a form fascinates me. Throughout my life images have constantly come to me of pieces to create, and the possibilities have intrigued me. Unfortunately, circumstances did not allow me to follow my destiny until my thirties, when I realized that I would never be truly happy or at ease with myself unless I began to make the images real.

A successful career in I.T. enabled me to finance my training over time and build up my workshop. I wanted to have the ability to make all aspects of each piece myself and so the process to achieving this has been quite a voyage. Having arrived here now, I know that the journey and the possibilities have just begun and are endless.

I am very fortunate to have trained with some of the very best: Brian Clarke, Silversmithing; Michael Goode, Anticlastic skills; Lori Talcott, Filigree; Eva Hoffelmaier, Granulation; Phil Barnes, Enamelling. The skills I have learned from these very talented people and others enable me to bring a varied palette of techniques to the pieces I create.

I am inspired by the form, shape and feeling of flora and the organic world. My goal is to capture and symbolize the essence of my subject. I create my pieces to suggest, allowing the onlooker the freedom to imagine. I strive to create objects that are technically rich yet visually balanced and beautiful. Throughout the design phase I explore the techniques that will best capture the essence of my subject in terms of space, shape and colour. My aspiration is to create timeless pieces that will be enjoyed and treasured for years to come.

My work consists of individual unique and limited edition pieces. I also design and create commission pieces, sharing the creative process with the client.

 
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