Nicky Lawrence

My love of diving brought about an awareness of the incredible complexity and beauty of the world beneath the oceans as well as a realisation of its rapid degradation. I have developed this jewellery collection ‘Coralscape’ as a response. Focussing on one of the smaller sea creatures, nudibranchs (sea slugs), I recreate their intense beauty, intricate patterns and vibrant colours in wearable jewellery. Each nudibranch sits on its own piece of coral. The coral is made in transparent blown glass, some of which is sandblasted, creating a ghost-like reef. By contrasting the vibrant colours of the nudibranch with the bleached, ghost-like reef, I aim to stimulate thought and discussion among wearers and viewers.
My jewellery is made from glass and metal. The simplicity of the metal is juxtaposed with delicate, brightly-coloured glass. I represent the essence of nudibranch forms by texturing the metal with hammer strokes and drill holes, before doming the metal. The tentacles are formed by placing glass into these perforated forms, allowing the glass to flow through the holes.  
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Following years of teaching overseas and making jewellery as a hobby, I finally followed my heart and did an MA in Jewellery and am currently Artist in Residence at The University of Creative Arts in Farnham. Like the decorator crab, decorating its shell with materials from the environment, I now express, in my jewellery, elements of different cultures that have inspired me: tribal prints, marks and patterns; primitive designs and vibrant colours.