Alison Swindles

BA (Hons)

Alison enjoys free-flowing lines and objects - she takes much of her inspiration from water and the fluid shapes it can form. Alison also enjoys using various hues of vitreous enamel in her work, with her favourite colours being blues and greens. The aspect that she loves the most is the slight unpredictability of enamel colours after firing, as this means that each piece she creates is unique and individual - no two pieces of enamel work will ever turn out the same.

Alison studied at Bucks New University in High Wycombe and graduated in 2010 with a 2:1 honours degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Since then she has exhibited at the Bucks end of year show in High Wycombe, the prestigious New Designers Exhibition in London, and at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham. She was also highly commended for her design in the Victoria and Albert Student Design Competition in 2009.

As a keen oboist, Alison also incorporates pieces into her work that have been inspired by her oboe playing, and the fascinating key work of the oboe. Some of her music inspired jewellery include her oboe-reed pendant necklace and "banana key" necklace.