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Annette trained at Sheffield City Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design, 1972-1975, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design, (Jewellery and Silversmithing). Prior to that she completed a Cert. Ed in Craft Design and Technology at Sheffield City Polytechnic, Faculty of Education, Jan 1981-Dec 1981. Anette lives and works in Sheffield.
"I make intricate, delicate jewellery- necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks and rings, in silver and gold; tiny silver books with messages inside, little boxes to hide your secrets in, and small decorative bowls.
Chasing is a technique I use in most of my pieces, where the silver or gold is stuck onto pitch, and worked into with different shaped punches, to create textures and forms in the metal. I am fascinated by the way the lines I chase onto one side of the metal can be altered and transformed by working from the back to form emerging three dimensional shapes.
I also specialize in hand made chains, where each link is individually formed, soldered together, sometimes hammered to reflect the light.
Influences are the structure and texture of natural forms- shells, seed pods, leaves, flowers, bark, rippled sand and swirling water. I like my jewellery to incorporate sound and movement. Places that inspire me are gardens, woodland and the seashore." Annette Petch