Jeweller, designer, artist, sculptor, teacher, musician… Richard has so many different talents that it’s impossible to pigeonhole him!
Based in Belper, Derbyshire, Richard has more than 35 years of creative experience under his belt and he’s never happier than when he’s pushing the boundaries – learning new techniques and expanding on that experience. He’s also more than happy to pass his jewellery-making knowledge on to others, either through jewellery courses at universities and colleges or by one-to-one tuition at his workshop.
Richard was into recycling long before it became recognised as something that everyone ought to be doing, and the end results of his recycling efforts are nothing short of exquisite! He will take a broken piece of jewellery, melt it down and transform it into a wearable work of art, something completely unique; or he’ll resurrect some old pieces of brass and copper to produce a piece of garden art or furniture, the like of which you’d never find anywhere else.
Most people will agree that wedding rings are rather special, and Richard can make you a ring or pair of rings that you can be sure will become family heirlooms to be treasured for generations.
The bride-and-groom-to-be are involved at every step of the design process, and sometimes even more than that – if you’re feeling really adventurous Richard will guide you through the process of making the wedding ring/s yourselves at his workshop.
Each ring is unique and is designed to reflect the personality and interests of the wearer. Many rings incorporate old jewellery that the client has provided, whether melted completely to form the base of the new ring or retaining a part of the pattern or design of the old jewellery within the new. Some clients choose to form a link with their family history by using wedding rings that they have inherited from grandparents as a starting point for their new rings.
Read more about his journey on his blog, which can be found here.