Claire Troughton

Claire Troughton produces stunning jewellery collections celebrating the sculptural plants and tiny creatures of the great British countryside. She is fascinated by capturing a tiny snap-shot of life before the beauty of the moment fades and presenting it in more durable form. The cherry tree at the end of the street that was in full blossom one day and then bare the next, the butterfly landing on a flower, the first curl of a leaf as it begins to fade and the fat and furry bumble bees buzzing around in the spring, have all been elements she has tried to preserve. She successfully translates the delicacy and fleeting beauty of nature into more permanent objects of desire. Through the use of predominantly silver, with touches of gold, a distinctive style has been created. In 2011 Claire was a finalist in the Craft & Design Magazine 'Selected' Awards and in 2012 she was voted 3rd in her category of Best in Britain-Designer in the Greats of Great Britain awards organised by The Great Exhibition 2012. In 2004 Claire was a winner in the 'Platinum Innovation Award', she has also been commended by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for a platinum design and Cherie Blair picked out one of her designs in a competition to design gifts for international delegates, resulting in her attending a reception at 10 Downing Street. Claire graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995 and established her business in the historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in 1996. Her work was immediately popular with people of all ages and she now sells to gorgeous boutiques and galleries across the UK and in Europe as well as attending a few carefully selected craft shows. After 10 years in the Jewellery Quarter Claire moved her workshop to Cheshire to create a more balanced family life. read full statement

Location Chester, North West
Website http://www.clairetroughton.co.uk

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