Lis discovered silver metal clay six years ago and after intensive training launched Wrapped in Silver. Specialising in designing and making fine silver jewellery and often incorporating large stones and crystals, she is inspired by the inherent beauty of the natural world; flowers, raw crystals, stones and metals and hopes to communicate this through her work.
Precious metal clay originated in Japan. It contains millions of tiny fine silver particles mixed with an eco-friendly binder and water, when fired with a torch or in a kiln, the binder burns away, the silver particles solidify and transform into 99.9% fine precious silver of hallmark quality. “It’s alchemy with a touch of magic and it means I have the joy of working in two mediums. I cut and form in clay, fire it and then I polish and finish it when it’s transformed into metal.”
Each piece of jewellery is individually designed and often contains several component parts that are joined together either at the clay or metal stage, depending on the form. Surrounding herself with botanical and crystal delights, she is inspired by taking photos of flowers and textures, visiting flower markets, gardens and public spaces. “I’m really enjoying developing the botanicals. I love the idea of capturing fragile transient flowers with materials that are solid and permanent.” Seeking out crystals and stones with their extraordinary colours and inherent natural qualities is also a much-enjoyed pastime.
Lis enjoys making for clients who commission their favourite flower, colour or crystal. She also teaches jewellery workshops from her studio in North London.