Contemporary Silver Jewellery, Hand Crafted by Lisa
Hi, I'm Lisa O'Brien and I’m based in Berkshire, with my funny teenage son, his slightly mad cat Madame Meowski and my eccentric, 90 year old father.. I’d love to say at this point that ‘we all live together in a little crooked house’, but it is actually a fairly conventional, if colourful (on the inside) house.
I use unconventional silver-smithing techniques to create contemporary jewellery, with texture and form found in the natural landscape, often the raw elements; rough seas, rugged rocks, stormy skies. No surprise really that things influence me, as child, high days and holidays were spent in big open spaces, by mountains, lakes, rivers and coast. Born to Pisces parents, I was known as the water baby and I still love to be near water, you’ll often find me in, on and beside rivers, lakes and waterfalls and I’m lucky to live next to a small nature reserve with a lake.
I grew up surrounded by handcrafted, home-made, home-grown, thanks to my lovely mum’s creative talents and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating things by hand. Despite a love of jewellery though, I'd only ever dabbled in beaded jewellery, making a few pendants and my own wedding tiara..
Then when my son was little, it hit me one day that in the process of makiing and growing a child, I’d let go of all those creative pursuits I loved.. There and then I resolved to find something creative again. As often happens when you put something out to the universe, it delivers and the next morning a leaflet for a silver jewellery course dropped on my doormat. Without hesitation, I signed up and was immediately hooked.. I loved everything about the process of silver-smithing and creating something beautiful from unpromising bits of metal sheet, or wire.
It wasn't long before I bought some basic tools and started making. Last summer, I was lucky enough to have my talented partner build and kit out a tiny log cabin for me, fondly named the Purple Palace, as a dedicated workshop.
From very early on in my silver jewellery journey, I was entranced by the elemental techniques that involve melting silver to create surface texture, hand or free-form cast, fuse and create organic form and texture found in nature. Always a lover of the natural world, it seemed the perfect fit for me and the idea for Molten Silver was born..