Beginning her jewellery career early, Rebecca started her journey as a jewllers assistant in Glasgow’s West End. It was at this point she knew she wanted to learn more. She studied jewellery at Cardonald College and then went on to gain a first class degree at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee.
The inspiration behind her collections of jewellery came after discovering over 300 love letters sent during WWII from her Granddad to her Grandmother. Her pieces capture the sentiment and romance she discovered in the letters, these collected images and words adorn her pieces which she hopes captures the nostalgia and the greatness of their true love story. Rebecca adds a hint of colour through the traditional process of ENAMELLING, the vintage colour pallet she uses in the collection for the treat store has been taken from the stamps, ink and images from the postcards exchanged.
ENAMELING is a process that uses powdered glass and requires high temperatures to fuse it to the metal, also known as vitreous enamel. Vitreous enamels are finely ground glass, like a fine sand. They can be opaque or transparent and the range of colours come from the addition of oxides, the colour of the metal glistens through if using the transparent enamel. There are many techniques and types of enamel that can give a vast array of finishes, metals can be worked – etched, chased or formed to create patterns and shapes before any enamel is applied. Rebecca has used bold opaque colours to adorn her cooper shapes and finishes off the pieces with 925 silver details and findings.
To purchase any of these items or read more about Rebecca and her work visit the treat store here.
All work is created at her studio in Glasgow.
Rebecca has recently been part of the Craft Scotland summer show and is a frequent exhibitor at the Tea Green Pop up events. For more of her latest news, keep updated at her Facebook page here.
Images courtesy of the artist and Lewis Matheson.