Strong and geometric. Poppy Norton’s designs leapt off the screen the minute I first saw them. The bold pieces she creates are just fantastic. And the simple, but clever way she styles them really works.
Isn’t it great how she talks about her creations as ‘like her children’?! And how she thinks of jewellery as inclusive. This is something I’ve never thought about before.
How would you describe your jewellery?
Statement jewellery that takes inspiration from product design and architecture. My pieces are made predominantly from non-precious, non-traditional materials and I hope to elevate their perceived status through good design.
What materials do you use?
Brass, silver, acrylic, lino and wood with the addition of powder coated, gold-leaf and gold-plated finishes.
Where do you create your jewellery?
At a small workshop in London.
What’s the favourite piece in your jewellery collection?
That’s like you’re asking me to choose my favourite child! It definitely depends on my mood, my outfit and the weather. But I will say that I’m rarely spotted without a Circle or Moon ring on my finger.
What’s the piece you’re most proud of creating?
The Circle ring was one of the first pieces of jewellery I ever designed and made. It’s been refined a bit since the early days, but it’s still one of my favourite pieces to wear. And (to me) it represents the start of my new life as a jeweller.
What’s your favourite part of being a Jewellery Designer?
I love being in the workshop and making. It’s also so rewarding getting lovely feedback from people who like my work.
What’s your proudest moment of being a Jewellery Designer?
It’s always immensely rewarding being selected to take part in an exhibition, and the feeling that you get seeing someone that you admire wearing something that you’ve made is pretty hard to beat.
What’s your design process?
I’m constantly looking at the world around me. I take inspiration from architecture, furniture and product design and I play with shapes quite a lot; I keep a box of samples and old test pieces and each time I design something new, I bring out the box of samples and use them as a starting point, this ensures that my new work has natural relationship with my precious pieces.
What do you love about jewellery?
It’s inclusive. It doesn’t have to be made of a precious material to be considered precious and you don’t have to be a particular body shape/size to look good in it.
How did you start creating jewellery
My adventure into the world of jewellery started (and continues) at Morley College in London. I owe a lot to the brilliant, encouraging and talented tutors there.
Why did you fall in love with jewellery design?
I love being in a workshop, crafting things with fire and tools and immersing myself in the making process, away from computer screens, away from the daily lists of to-dos, just making.
Where do you feel most inspired?
I do love a gallery.
How do you juggle all the different aspects of the job?
I’m still learning to juggle all the different things because I’m still pretty new to it!
A jeweller has to be very multi-skilled! How do you find that?
I think I’m quite lucky. I’ve worked as a product designer, stylist, trend reporter and a magazine style editor before I turned my hand to jewellery. Therefore, I’ve definitely learnt a few skills along the way. (One of the benefits of being a ‘mature student’!)
Jewellers often have to work flexible hours, how does that fit in with the rest of your life?
Brilliantly. I very much wanted to be able to pick up my children from school and decide on my own working hours. However, I do find myself working during the evenings and weekends trying to get it all done because I’m not always very good at switching off.
But that’s part of the package when you work for yourself, isn’t it?