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