Hollow form work

Making a hollow shape creates three dimensions and keeps weight to a minimum, an important consideration. There is something supremely satisfying in making hollow forms, and I have been exploring the possibilities for some time, making earrings and brooches in particular.

On occasion I make a simple mould to press out shapes which are then joined together, at other times I form the metal over stakes, and at other times the metal is sawn to shape and joined.

Filing off any excess metal and sanding smooth each piece takes time and I find it a rewarding and immersive process.

Some of my more abstract pieces have come through this process. Drapes, for one, are based on the way cloth drapes over a form. It is really pleasing to form folds in metal that have the same fluidity as cloth.