Claire Troughton

Claire grew up in Yorkshire and was often taken on long walks by her family who taught her to identify plants by their leaves and birds by their song. Her fascination with the beauty surrounding us continued through art college where she made vessels and jewellery from bark, leaves and flowers foraged from the forest. Today she creates stunning jewellery collections celebrating the sculptural plants and tiny creatures of the great British countryside. She is fascinated by capturing a tiny snap-shot of life; a butterfly gently landing on a flower, the first curl of a leaf as it begins to open and the fat and furry bumble bees buzzing around in the summer. Using traditional gold-smithing techniques, starting with flat sheet or wire, she translates the delicacy and fleeting beauty of nature into more permanent objects of desire. Using predominantly silver, with touches of gold, she has developed a distinctive style.