Lesley is a designer-maker of unique items of silver jewellery which she produces in her converted barn workshop between Helston and Falmouth in West Cornwall. Her studio is set within a typical Cornish smallholding which she and her husband moved to from South East England in August 2004. After years of breeding pigs, they currently raise sheep on their land and are sadly having to witness the impact of ash die back on the woodland they planted nearly 10 years ago! At the same time, Lesley moved away from her professional career in business and finance to explore and develop her long-held interest in jewellery and design.
Tactile as well as visual aspects are important in all Lesley’s designs where simple line and form combine with strong textures and highlights. This results in pieces that are both striking and yet easy to wear. The patterns and shapes of natural forms, especially those provided by the unique Cornish landscape, have a strong and obvious influence on her work.
Lesley’s collection of designs includes tactile chunky and finer stackable rings, textured earrings and studs, solid bangles – single or paired together – sometimes with charms or hammered jump rings, cuffs, picture pendants and delicate flower pin brooches together with a range of more quirky acid-etched items. Whilst working mainly in sterling silver, Lesley often complements her designs with 9ct rose or yellow gold or highlights acid –etched pieces through oxidisation and with the addition of semi-precious gemstones. Jewellery is sent to the Birmingham Assay Office for hallmarking.