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.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1995 - BA (hons) Design - Jewellery & Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2012 - Thirty30, Pyramid Gallery, York
1997 - Artist in Residence, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Competitions, prizes and awards
2012 - The Greats of Great Britain awards, 3rd place - best designer, The Great Exhibition 2012
2011 - Craft & Design Magazine 'Selected' Awards, Finalist - Jewellery & Precious Metal, Online
2004 - Platinum Design Innovation Award Winner, IJL, The Platinum Magazine/Jonson Matthey, London
1998 - Finalist - Design gifts for delegates attending the G8 summit, New Designers/ Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London
1994 - Platinum design competition - commended, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London