Debbie started jewellery making following the completion of a diploma in figurative sculpture in 2004. At that time she ‘discovered’ two little known and unusual and materials; precious metal clay (fine silver) and the colourful polymer clay. She has been exploring these and other more traditional materials every since to create beautiful one off pieces of contemporary jewellery.
Although each has very different properties, precious metal clay and polymer clay are new and vibrant materials and offer the ‘sculptor within’ the opportunity to create shape and form through modelling using hands and a few simple tools.
Debbie enjoys playing with contrasting textures and colours, with negative space and scale. Current intrigues and influences explore windows; what they reveal and what they hide, whether it’s a mud village in Mali or a tenement building in New York.
Debbie shows her work at craft fairs and is a member of the consortium WOW...jewels. She teaches both precious metal clay and polymer jewellery making to beginners and advanced students at her studio in North West London and adult ed. colleges in London and the home counties.
Image credits (from left): UrbanScapes pendant and earrings. Fine silver and polymer clay (Simon Chapman), SquareTheCircle pendant and earrings. Fine silver and polymer clay (Simon Chapman), Colourful Cuffs. Polymer clay (Debbie Carlton)