The Makers - Sarah Pulvetaft

I met Sarah over twenty years ago when we both had studios in Clerkenwell, we weren’t in the same building but our paths would cross

I can clearly remember popping into her studio when she was a new mum, her baby daughter was sleeping and Sarah was working away, it gave me the completely wrong impression of what it would be like having kids and continuing to make! My baby never ever slept in my workshop he always woke up as soon as we arrived.

Sarah now lives and works in Oxfordshire, I took a trip out to see her in January. Her jewellery is made from tiny kinetic elements, rows and rows of silver and gold cubes ripple across circular frames. The movement makes them appear a bit like a textile with pile they are very beautiful.


Sarah explained that her favourite tool had been given to her by a dentist in Australia, it is a pointy tool that she uses for applying solder. The dentist gave Sarah quite a few tools that she still uses, all with lovely machined patterns on their handles. Sarah also uses many of the tools from her original Jewellery school kit including these mini pliers and dividers. I also thought the surface of Sarah's bench was really interesting  and the contrast between the bench and firebrick created a fabulous background.

Work in progress - Portrait of a Jeweller - sunshine

Work in progress - Portrait of a Jeweller - sunshine

Detail - Portrait of a Jewller

Detail - Portrait of a Jewller

This work is part of my project 'The Value of Making' and will be on show at Collect Open 2018. My project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Many thanks to Sarah for having me, you can find out more about her practice here .

Collect 22-25 February 2018
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London SW3

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