Toby Cotterill

 

I am a jeweller and silversmith based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  My work celebrates the natural world, particularly arthropods, imagining them evolving onto and around the human body. I grew up on a farm in West Wales and spent my childhood immersed in nature, playing outside with my brothers, or inside making things.

I use traditional silversmithing techniques, forging sheet silver over steel stakes and into wooden formers using hammers and punches. Three- dimensional forms are articulated, fused, and finished with oxides or gold to create lively, humorous pieces of wearable sculpture.

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