What happens when you mix fateful encounters and the inspiration of travel, with clay, seashells and leaves
I have always loved jewellery, particularly silver jewellery. I've made jewellery out of silver or beachcombed shells and glass, on and off since I was a teenager. Initially I learned from my father, who is a recreational lapidarist. He has made some beautiful jewellery out of the gems and minerals he found on his travels around Canada.
Ten years ago, however, while vacationing on Isla Mujeres, in Mexico I met a man from Rhode Island (fateful encounter #1). We became fast friends, and he, a regular visitor to Isla Mujeres, introduced me to the wonderfully unique beachcombing finds washed up on its beaches. Over drinks one night, I noticed he was wearing an amazing silver nugget bracelet. It was raw and simple – a perfect representation of nature’s beauty.
He told me that he had made it himself using something called PMC. He explained how he molded and shaped each nugget out of clay, fired them in a kiln and that what emerged was pure silver. Well, I was fascinated. Upon my return to Canada, I decided to find out more about this PMC but as can often happen, life got busy and it got forgotten.
Six years later however, I was chatting with a jeweller I met at the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph, Ontario (fateful encounter #2). I told her how I missed making jewellery, that I would like to get back into it, and that I dreamed of someday owning a jewellery business like hers. She herself worked in in fused glass, but out-of-the-blue she said, “have you ever heard of PMC?” Initially, I said, “no”, but then recalling my friend in Mexico, I said, “wait, yes I have!” She said she didn’t know much about it herself, but suggested it might be something for me to look into.
And so began my love affair with PMC! Classes ensued, and I happily merged my love of making jewellery from beachcombed shells and glass, my love of silver jewellery, and my love of walking in the woods, into a love of making nature-inspired jewellery with PMC.
Last year, I took a year off from my full-time job as a social worker to stay in a very cold, unheated attic apartment of a restored 17th century home, owned by some friends of mine, that is just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. During my time off, I travelled about the UK and Europe, knit a lot of warm woolies, gardened in the beautiful walled garden there, and even did some sheep herding. But, the best thing I did with my time off was start OiseauDesigns.
I have now settled back in Toronto, Canada, and plan to continue to give wings to this little dream of mine, making pure silver jewellery that celebrates the beauty and simplicity of nature.
I have been making nature-inspired pure silver jewellery for about 4 years. I work in Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC is a clay-like compound which when fired emerges as pure silver (.999). All my designs use imprints and molds of organic objects found in nature and each item is hand made with care, celebrating nature’s beauty and simplicity. My love affair with PMC started many more years ago, and involved a beach in Mexico, a local music festival, a year in Scotland, and some most unexpected and very fateful encounters. Read about it here!
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