Contemporary Silver Jewellery, Hand Crafted by Lisa
Hi I'm Lisa O'Brien. Based in Berkshire, with my young son and his cat Madame Meowshi.., 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.
For as long as I can remember, I have been creating things by hand, but I'd only ever dabbled in beaded jewellery, making a few pendants and my own wedding tiara.. Then a few years ago, I signed up for a silver jewellery making course with the amazing silver jewellery artist, Cathy Newell-Price 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 gifts for family and friends from my spare bedroom, but I was short on space and had to pack everything away after each session. Then, 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 found 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..