The Jewellery Box collaborates with some of the most talented and experienced local artisans and designers from the Wellington region and throughout New Zealand.
Francis Kirkham is a contemporary Goldsmith who has significant experience working with gold, silver and precious gemstones. He will be based at The Jewellery Box alongside Liz Cheetham throughout the summer, working at the in-store studio.
Liz's enjoyment of jewellery making was sparked through studying with Francis Kirkham. A simple hobby turned into the pursuit to learn new skills and perfect her techniques. Liz will be onsite at the in-store workbench.
Sandy Flesher delights in creating timeless pieces of jewellery, often repurposing antique sterling silver tableware into wearable forms. Many of her pieces are “one-off” designs while others are fashioned from new materials, including cast components inspired by antique or vintage designs. Each hand-finished piece is produced with a dash of quirk.
Liz Bondy is a well-known Greytown Artist, specialising in dramatic pieces created by reduction printwork. Local landscapes are a major inspiration. She creates beautiful limited edition prints.
Sue Shore came to New Zealand in 1999 as a technology teacher. Sue learned to make silver jewellery in 2003 and discovered that making silver jewellery was an enchanting way of expressing her love of life in New Zealand. Her jewellery has been available at design stores and galleries throughout New Zealand since 2006.
ZIGS + ZAGS (BY KATE CAMERON-DONALD)
Zigs + Zags stools are hand-painted by local designer, Kate Cameron-Donald, as a way of expressing and sharing her love for colour and pattern. Every stool is unique and a versatile piece for any room.
Rose’s pieces are reflective of her organic and tactile approach to jewellery making. She loves manipulating metal into wearable objects and gets a buzz seeing people wearing her designs.
Charlotte is based in Wellington and learnt her craft under the guidance of Sue Shore starting in 2009. Charlotte’s work is fine and delicate with a romantic, feminine feel. Designs develop from a desire to express thoughts and ideas around connectedness and the natural world in which we live. She works predominantly in silver, sometimes including gold leaf, enamel and semi-precious stones.
JAY LLOYD (Koa Bronze)
Bronze holds the same allure for Jay Lloyd as it did for all those who have worked it for centuries. Jay moved from South Africa to Waiheke Island in 2010 where he established his new studio and foundry. He does a variety of work from jewellery to sculpture. Everything he makes is individually cast and finished by hand to capture the warmth and beauty of bronze.
Inspired by silversmith classes with Sue Shore, Liz creates pieces of ‘wearable’ art from sterling silver and copper. Her designs are simple with frequent use of handmade rivets; and she has a ‘bit of a thing’ about fish!
Many of Alan’s creations tend toward the unusual, colourful, even quirky, backed by meticulous attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship. His pendants, rings, brooches and other jewellery items have proved popular with those looking for something a little different.