Avril Cheetham: Fine Metals

My current ranges of contemporary wearable jewellery and small silverware reflect characteristics associated with recognisable design styles of Victoriana and Deco.

I use a combination of materials & techniques to produce unusual, unique necklaces & earrings.  My latest work combines copper, bronze & silver clays; patinated copper sheet; copper tube; & copper & silver wire.  The pieces are worked into jewellery using semi-precious stones, swartzi crystals, wire work, chain, decorative rivets, leather, rubber & even string. Techniques include beating, riveting, soldering, moulding, filing, firing & polishing. My work is organic & textural rather than highly polished & finished. I also work with delica beads in fine three-dimentional pieces & freeform beadwork, as well as larger, chunkier stonework combined with other materials.

I am a Designer Maker based between York and Howden, with over 30 years’ experience of working with fine metals. I design and make individual and batch pieces.

I create and craft ranges of silver jewellery using recognised fine metalworking techniques. Gold and lead-free enamels are frequently incorporated within my pieces.

Nostalgic styling often features within my work, sometimes merged with imagery that reflects my interest of the natural world. I like to produce work that triggers memories, maybe of a bygone time or a place.

I employ traditional fine metalworking techniques, sometimes combined with my own investigations into processes and materials, to produce refined handcrafted collections of work.

Having lived either at or within reach of the Yorkshire coast for much of my life I appreciate its wealth of natural and man-made visual features, some of which are transient, qualities that I like to reflect within my work.

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There will some new work for this Open Studios event.  I am busy experimenting with new combinations!

I create innovative wearable jewellery crafted in silver, gold and vitreous enamels. I also make scenic enamelled copper wall pieces.

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My qualifications are BA(Hons) Silversmithing, MA Cultural Policy and Management,

Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

My career began when I worked as a Graduate Apprentice (sponsored by The Goldsmiths Company) in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. Since then I have designed and made jewellery and silverware pieces.

I worked as a Lecturer in Further and Higher Education for a number of years. Through this I was awarded the Thornton Scholarship that enabled me to investigate the use of lead-free enamels and associated media. This led to the development of a range of enamelled silver jewellery and wall pieces, based on the changing appearance of skies that I show alongside my established practice in galleries, exhibitions and at Open Studio events.

Member of ERA (East Riding Artists)

Find me in Monkeypuzzle, Petergate, York

Exhibitions, Galleries & Outlets have included:

Bills & Rye, Helmsley 
Art & Rose Gallery, Pocklington
Gallery 49, Bridlington

Pocklington Area Open Studios  2011-2016 
York Open Studios 2011, 2014,  2016
East Riding Open Studios 2008,  2009 and 2016


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Largely self taught my ideas come from a childhood obsession with her mother’s button and bead box and the influence of my Victorian milliner grandmother, along with an instinctive feel of form and colour and a passionate desire to “make” which over the years has encompassed crochet, needlework, macramé, batik and ceramics alongside writing, poetry, dance and music (my profession as a viola player & peripatetic teacher) all of which contribute to my present creations. I like to use unusual combinations & my work is heavily influenced by colour, texture & shape. Frustrated when trying to draw, designs are worked in my head & then produced directly as necklaces & earrings.

I turned my attention to jewellery making in 2000 when I attended beading classes which were part of Wilberfoss Totem Project, a community arts programme that I set up in the village community centre supported by various arts grants.  When that project came to an end about 10 years ago I decided to take my interest in art jewellery to a higher level.

I am happy to work to commission