Nicola graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing & Jewellery from Truro College under Plymouth University. She won the Precious Metal Bursary award from the Goldsmiths Company in her final year. During her studies Nicola explored the theme of vessels used as sacred containers. She also developed a fascination for functional jewellery.
This inspired her to create a body of wearable vessel pendants known as ‘Memory Keepers’, a contemporary interpretation of the locket to store your treasured memories. Working from her studio at Krowji in Redruth, she cites her home county as a constant source of inspiration…. The wild landscapes of Cornwall offer an abundance of organic forms and textures that influence my work. Beachcombing, woodland and heath walks hold hidden treasures that fire the imagination.
The process begins with gathering visual ideas which lead to initial sketches. Drawing and model making allows me to understand how the components fit together.