My jewellery is made from sterling silver, fine silver or copper wire. I make my own ear wires, fastenings and chains by soldering, melting and bending. I like to combine silver and copper in my jewellery pieces.
From a child I have been interested in fashion and jewellery, designing and making first for my dolls and then for myself. Major influences were my grandmother and mother whose fashion followed the styles of Dior and Jackie Kennedy.
When I designed my first jewellery ranges I wanted to create elegant necklaces and earrings to wear with retro 50s style dresses. These pieces are made from silver, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, making them more than just costume jewellery. I have used this same idea to create wedding accessories and hair adornments as keepsake pieces.
I have always been a very outdoorsy person but after moving to a smallholding in Cornwall and taking on two very lively Portuguese Water dogs - I am outside every day. Watching the seasons change, I observe detail and form in nature. My later ranges reflect the delicate wildflowers and leaves that I see. I am a daffodil surveyor for the Heralds of Spring Project run by Tamar Valley AONB. The project and I, as a jewellery designer, were featured in the March issue of Country Living.
For every piece of jewellery that I make - I think about what it will be worn with and who it will be worn by. I have spent a lot of time studying earrings and what customers want and need from them, whether they are for non-pierced ears or need to be lighter in design and/or weight.
LovellBall Jewellery ranges have grown over the years as have my skills in silversmithing, from study courses and workshops in working with metal. I also have a teaching degree and an MA in history.
I am a member of Drawn to the Valley, a local group of artists and craftspeople. We exhibit our work at Open Studios events, and two or three other exhibitions during the year.
This year my work was part of the spring exhibition at the new Bull Pen Gallery, Cotehele, National Trust.
My work is also exhibited through Wildwood Gallery in Horrabridge, Devon and through the Ebenezer Gallery in Polperro.