About me

Bronwen Gwillim in her workshop

I make statement jewellery and small boxes from recycled plastics, eco resins and cement that incorporates waste plastics.

I in the 80’s I trained in jewellery at Sir John Cass (City & Guilds), in Silversmithing at Camberwell School of Art (BA) and more recently in Textiles/Surface design at Bath Spa (MA with distinction) where I became interested in using recycled materials, plastics and resins.

I imbue these soulless materials with character by working their surfaces till their colours soften and they feel natural in the hand. Using my skills as a jeweller, I hand cut, carve, set and finish discarded plastics and turn them into something precious and unique. The shapes I use reference those worn by the sea and allude to the fact that these ubiquitous and non-biodegradable materials will be sadly washing up on our beaches and in our rivers for many years to come.

I live in Bristol but spend as much time as I can at Sharpness on the River Severn in Gloucestershire where my boat ‘Dappling’ is moored. On board is a tiny workshop area where I can work and I find it the best place to gain inspiration. I particularly love walking along the riverbank, observing the effects of the light and powerful tides on the ever-changing shapes and textures of the mud flats. My colour palette of grey, blue, rust and yellow is directly taken from this landscape.