“In a lot of ways, modern life doesn’t have a conclusion,” ponders coppersmith Siân Evans. “It’s never-ending scrolling through social media, and there’s always another email.
I think that’s why I like the process of starting with a piece of metal, and ending with a piece of jewellery. You do get a sense of punctuation. There’s a beginning, middle and end, and that’s very therapeutic.”
Siân, 50, from Sussex, studied silversmithing and jewellery in the late Eighties, but doing work experience with a coppersmith would start a lifelong passion. “It was a six-week placement that turned into a four-year apprenticeship,” she says. “And after that I set up my own studio.”