My name is Machi and I’m a jeweller. I make modernist pieces in silver and gold, sometimes using gemstones. I make my jewellery at my studio in Reading, Berkshire, where I’ve been working for more than 10 years. From January 2010 to December 2011, I was Jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.
I’m a big fan of abstract expressionism and minimalism, so work by artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Yves Klein inspire me. I also find inspiration from the shapes and clean lines in the work of sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Closer to home, though, my whole family is artistic so I can also see creativity in my sister’s knitting or my mom’s painting or my grandmother’s tapestries. I love how you can give the same material to a hundred people to make something and they will all come up with something totally different.
My signature style rotates around simple shapes such as circles, spheres and ovals. I like the perfection and simplicity of a circle. A circle is a minimal shape – it encloses the maximum amount of space with the minimum circumference – which makes it a very neat, efficient shape. In my designs, the gold (or sometimes silver) sphere provides a sense of tension or playfulness by balancing on the curve or peeking out from behind the silver.
To purchase my jewellery, visit my online shops on Etsy and Not on the High Street. You can also come to craft fairs and galleries that I show at throughout the year. If you’d prefer to purchase directly from me, please contact me.
You can read about what I’m up to:
on my blog www.machi54.blogspot.com
on Twitter @machidewaard
or sign up to my newsletter by emailing me at machidewaard @ gmail.com with the subject “machi newsletter”
All silver pieces weighing more than seven grams and all gold items are hallmarked at the London Assay Office.