steven whitford

As an Artist designer and maker my creativity is expressed in jewellery, ceramics, glass and paintings. Paintings are currently Abstract bright vivid positive and energetic using gold leaf with oil and acrylic reflecting St Ives lineage of arts and craft. Jewellery using all precious metals and stones, using antiquity from medieval influences and the natural environment for inspiration are used to form unique style which is often commissioned for the new and up cycled to create bespoke contemporary treasured pieces. Working in Budleigh Salterton, Devon offers me a rich and diverse landscape to draw from whilst deeply influenced by my roots in Cornwall where I grew up being surrounded by many artists and found a lineage in the arts crafts from west Cornwall. Bernard leach, Hamada, Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon ….. And many more have formed a heritage of art in Cornwall that I feel a contemporary of and hope to continue. Eastern philosophy and literature are expressed using symbolism in language and religious icons. I m deeply interested in the journey we all take in our mortal flesh in this body we are transported in through time and space and planetary systems, the vessel we travel in sometimes rested meditative, working to grow and feed, also to express deepest feelings of sorrow and joy…..