Welcome to Solway Silver
Solway Silver presents a range of products designed and made by Sybil Williamson. Sybil is inspired by the landscape and the wildlife of Scotland.
In the online shop you will find some of her handcrafted silver jewellery and art.
I enjoy working with silver clay and many of my current pieces are crafted from silver clay. I also use sterling silver in some of my work.
A lifelong interest in the natural world provides the inspiration for my work. Walking on the shores of the Solway Firth has given the ideas for the work on a marine theme and scuba diving has allowed me to get closer to marine life in their natural habitat, enabling me to develop these ideas. Walking in the hills and woodlands of Dumfries and Galloway has led to a range of pieces on a woodland and wildlife theme. Volunteering with a local group, monitoring and ringing birds on behalf of the British Trust for Ornithology has provided opportunities for detailed observation and this has informed my work.
Silver clay is made up of particles of pure silver which are suspended in organic binder and water. During firing this is burned off leaving a piece which can be hallmarked as fine silver. Silver clay is a versatile medium for handcrafted pieces. As each piece is handcrafted, no two pieces are entirely identical. This can be challenging when producing a pair of earrings.
Sybil also produces a selection of homewares. Some of her handmade lampshades are available in the online shop. Further information on the full bespoke range is available on enquiry.