Heather Andrews Artist Statement
“I love to create beautiful things, so I feel very lucky to be able to make jewellery for a living. Every piece is designed by myself and hand-made from start to finish. I trained in Glasgow and now work from a peaceful rural studio in Dumfries & Galloway.
I use traditional tools and techniques to transform tiny pieces of metal into pieces of wearable art. I enjoy the process of creation, and the feeling of achievement at the successful completion of a technically challenging project. Making jewellery is fiddly, precise and time-consuming. It is also messy and dirty, ( forget beautifully manicured nails) but it is also very rewarding. Watching molten metal ripple and swirl, encouraging it to take on amazing organic textures and forms never ceases to fascinate me. Occasionally things don’t go to plan, but happy accidents can lead to something new and exciting.
Many of my designs are influenced by the beautiful natural world around me. I use recycled silver with accents of 18ct gold to make the items in the RockPool collection. A selection of varying gemstones add colour to the organically textured silver jewellery.
The aptly named Contemporary Classics collection is made from tarnish resistant silver. It has a timeless, sophisticated quality suited to every occasion. The first item in this collection was designed in 1978, yet over 30 years later, the simple, sleek geometric forms, finished with contrasting mat and polished surfaces still have a contemporary feel.
Making jewellery demands lots of patience. I love what I do, and I hope that in turn it will create great pleasure for its owner. I particularly enjoy being invited to create something really special to mark an occasion or create a family heirloom.. There is something very satisfying about designing and creating a piece of jewellery that reflects the unique requirements of an individual or couple.”