Kirsty Richardson, contemporary jeweller, was brought up living next to the coast in Hampshire. Although she now lives a little farther away from the sea these days in the beautiful Meon Valley, Kirsty is still drawn to the ocean and spends as much time as life allows her, on the beach with her family and dog, Doris. Working mostly in silver, Kirsty’s jewellery is heavily influenced by organic forms and features ocean smoothed pieces of sea glass that she has found on her days at the beach.
“Inspired by nature, I find myself drawn to the natural organic beauty of the things I see and collect around me. I was so lucky to grow up by the coast and now live in the equally beautiful South Downs. My favourite thing to do is lose myself on long walks on the beach searching for sea glass, crustaceans and seaweed or foraging the countryside for seeds and taking photos of inspiring forms.
In the studio these inspirations are developed further through my drawings and ideas collected in sketch books. Experimenting with silver by forming, forging and cuttlefish casting – creating organic shapes and developing them into beautiful pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets.”
Each piece I make has its own story. Where it began, its life and how it paved its way to being a beautiful and wearable piece of jewellery.”
You can see Kirsty’s jewellery at our next event on the 15th and 16th June “Upstairs @The Vine” First floor, High Street, Stockbridge, 10am to 5pm.