An Unlikely Matrix

Luxurious metal leaf gilded over richly textured organic surfaces with genuine crystals erupting from fissures

An Unlikely Matrix IV
An Unlikely Matrix IV

Amethyst quartz clusters on matrix

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Detail of mixed crystals
Detail of mixed crystals
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An Unlikely Matrix with damson tones
An Unlikely Matrix with damson tones

Mixed clear quartz and amethyst crystals with freshwater pearls on a background of rippled antique silver leaf and 24 carat gold leaf. In a black floating frame

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An Unlikely Matrix in Situ
An Unlikely Matrix in Situ

I'm very grateful to Oakeve Interiors for the use of this photograph. I always get a thrill out of seeing the pieces in such beautiful surroundings.

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An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz)
An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz)

a combination of blue aqua aura quartz crystals and silver pyrite clusters

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An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz) Detail 02
An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz) Detail 02
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An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz) Detail 03
An Unlikely Matrix (Blue Quartz) Detail 03
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An Unlikely Matrix (Amethyst with gold)
An Unlikely Matrix (Amethyst with gold)

Amethyst quartz clusters on matrix with 22 carat moon gold leaf surround

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Unlikely Matrix II
Unlikely Matrix II

a details of mid violet coloured amethyst quartz cluster. The golden hue comes from warm white lighting common to most residential interiors

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An Unlikely Matrix (Clear quartz) I
An Unlikely Matrix (Clear quartz) I

clear quartz clusters with 22 carat gold leaf and damson glazes

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An Unlikely Matrix (Clear quartz) II
An Unlikely Matrix (Clear quartz) II

a mixture of clear quartz and amethyst crystals with aubergine glazes

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Black Matrix
Black Matrix

black smokey quartz crystals with a gold metal leaf background rubbed through to reveal the black base

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Unlikely Matrix XIX
Unlikely Matrix XIX

a combination of clear quartz, pyrite, golden mica and amethyst crystals with moon gold details

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Unlikely Matrix XIX Detail 01
Unlikely Matrix XIX Detail 01
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Unlikely Matrix XIX Detail 02
Unlikely Matrix XIX Detail 02
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An Unlikely Matrix IV Detail 02
An Unlikely Matrix IV Detail 02

deep purple amethyst crystals and antique silver leaf background

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An Unlikely Matrix (Gold and Green)
An Unlikely Matrix (Gold and Green)

Green quartz, dioptaze and malachite crystals on an antiqued gold metal leaf background

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An Unlikely Matrix I
An Unlikely Matrix I

The first piece I made using organic textures and embedded amethyst crystals. It resides with my mother

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An Unlikely Matrix I Detail 01
An Unlikely Matrix I Detail 01
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Unlikely Matrix (Silver bronze) Detail 01
Unlikely Matrix (Silver bronze) Detail 01
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Unlikely Matrix (Silver bronze) Detail 02 Unlikely Matrix
Unlikely Matrix (Silver bronze) Detail 02 Unlikely Matrix
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An Unlikely Matrix XI
An Unlikely Matrix XI

Deepest Uruguayan purple amethyst with bronzed antiqued silver

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Watches of Switzerland Unlikely Matrix Triptych
Watches of Switzerland Unlikely Matrix Triptych

A triptych version of AnUnlikely Matrix

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WoS Unlikely Matrix Triptych Detail 01
WoS Unlikely Matrix Triptych Detail 01

Amethyst, clear quartz and pyrite clusters

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WoS Unlikely Matrix Triptych Detail 02
WoS Unlikely Matrix Triptych Detail 02
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WoS Unlikely Matrix XII
WoS Unlikely Matrix XII
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WoS Unlikely Matrix IX
WoS Unlikely Matrix IX
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WoS Unlikely Matrix Detail 01
WoS Unlikely Matrix Detail 01
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WoS Unlikely Matrix Detail 02
WoS Unlikely Matrix Detail 02
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An Unlikely Matrix IV (in Situ)
An Unlikely Matrix IV (in Situ)
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An Unlikely Matrix IV Detail
An Unlikely Matrix IV Detail

Photographed by The sofa and chair company with vases by ceramics artist Alex McCarthy

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An Unlikely Matrix XIV (in Situ)
An Unlikely Matrix XIV (in Situ)
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Fluid Dynamics

Concentric ripples in sparkling metal leaf and antique patinas surround real agate slices to create calming canvases that invite contemplation.

Eddie and Flow (Faux Malachite)
Eddie and Flow (Faux Malachite)

Malachite disc details on a background of antiqued silver and gold with bronze patina 150cm H x 130cm W

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Eddie and Flow 0 (Green Agate on Bronzed Gold)
Eddie and Flow 0 (Green Agate on Bronzed Gold)

polished green agate slices on a bronzed gold background. The first agate piece I made 70cm x 70cm

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Eddie and Flow 0 (Green Agate on Bronzed Gold) Detail
Eddie and Flow 0 (Green Agate on Bronzed Gold) Detail

polished green agate slices on an antique bronze background

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Eddie and Flow I
Eddie and Flow I

Polished blue quartz slices on an antiqued silver leaf background with bronze patina 100cm x 100cm

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Eddie and Flow II
Eddie and Flow II

polished blue agate slices on a background of bronzed gold leaf 100cm x 100cm

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Eddie and Flow III
Eddie and Flow III

Polished blue agate slices on a background of gold metal leaf with bronze and blue verdigris patinas 120cm x 120cm

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Eddie and Flow IV
Eddie and Flow IV

Polished blue agate slices on a background of antiqued silver metal leaf with bronze and white verdigris patination 130cm x 130cm

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Eddie and Flow V (Carolina flow)
Eddie and Flow V (Carolina flow)

Genuine sun dollars collected from the beaches of Carolina. Gilded with 22 carat moon gold leaf on a gold metal leaf background with bronze and white smokey patinas 100cm x 100cm

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Eddie and Flow V  (Carolina Flow) Detail
Eddie and Flow V (Carolina Flow) Detail
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Eddie and Flow VI
Eddie and Flow VI

polished blue agate slices on a background of bronzed gold metal leaf 150cm x 150cm

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Eddie and Flow VII
Eddie and Flow VII

polished blue agate slices on a background of gold metal leaf with bronze and blue patinas 160cm x 75cm

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Eddie and Flow VIII
Eddie and Flow VIII

polished pink quartz slices on a background of pinks and apricot with 22 carat moon gold details and bronze patina 120cm x 120cm

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Eddie and Flow VIII (detail 01)
Eddie and Flow VIII (detail 01)
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Eddie and Flow VIII (detail 02)
Eddie and Flow VIII (detail 02)
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Eddie and Flow IX (Chelsea)
Eddie and Flow IX (Chelsea)

Polished burnt orange and caramel agate slices on an antiqued silver leaf background with moon gold details and bronze patina

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Eddie and Flow XIX
Eddie and Flow XIX

Polished black, grey and white Indian agate slices on a background of mixed silver and gold metal leaf with soft smokey blue glazes 150cm H x 130cm W

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Ghost Dancer

Formations of mixed crystals amidst rich metallic lightly textured flowing backgrounds with smoky glazes 

Ghost Dancer III
Ghost Dancer III

A mixture of polished smokey quartz crystals, pyrite, galena and clear quartz with pearls on a background of gold and silver metal leaf, 22 carat moon gold leaf raised details, smokey bronze glazes and the ethereal white smokey Ghost Dancer 150cm H x 130cm W

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Ghost Dancer III
Ghost Dancer III
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Ghost Dancer I (Detail 01)
Ghost Dancer I (Detail 01)
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Ghost Dancer I (Detail 02)
Ghost Dancer I (Detail 02)
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Ghost Dancer II
Ghost Dancer II

A combination of smokey quartz, pyrite and clear quartz crystals with rich raspberry glazes over antique silver and gold metal leaf 90cm H x 60cm W

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Offerings

Contrasting lightly textured surfaces with the sharp relief of crystal and freshwater pearl clusters; the offering series is a bold yet subtle statement.

An Offering to Aphrodite I
An Offering to Aphrodite I

Rough pink quartz crystals and baroque pearls erupt from a background of subtly textured silver metal leaf and gold with smokey pale grey and white patina 150cm H x 130cm W

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An offering to Ceto
An offering to Ceto

A background of antique gold with a mixture of clear quartz, freshwater pearls, mica and peacock ore with smokey turquoise and rich blue glazes

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An Offering to Aphrodite I (Detail 01)
An Offering to Aphrodite I (Detail 01)
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An Offering to Aphrodite II
An Offering to Aphrodite II

Rough pink quartz crystals and baroque pearls erupt from a background of subtly textured silver metal leaf and gold with smokey pale grey and white patina 150cm H x 130cm W

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An Offering to Aphrodite III
An Offering to Aphrodite III

Rough pink quartz crystals and baroque pearls erupt from a background of subtly textured silver metal leaf and gold with smokey pale grey and white patina 150cm H x 130cm W

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An Offering to Poseidon
An Offering to Poseidon

This piece was commissioned by Harris Burne Interiors for one of their glamorous projects in Majorca. I'm a little sad that I didn't get to deliver this one in person :)

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An Offering To Poseidon I
An Offering To Poseidon I

Rough apatite, aqua aura quartz crystals and baroque pearls erupt from a background of subtly textured silver and gold metal leaf with smokey blue and bronze patina 160cm H x 160cm W

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An Offering To Poseidon I (Detail 01)
An Offering To Poseidon I (Detail 01)

detail showing apatite, quartz and baroque pearls

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Katharine Pooley's Exclusive Collection

The addition of crystals to the popular Argentous Series is the epitome of understated opulence. This series was created exclusively for award winning "Designer of The Decade" Katharine Pooley's Boutique in Chelsea.

Argentous Drift (Blue Aqua Ora)
Argentous Drift (Blue Aqua Ora)

A subtle hewn rock texture with raised organic details and embedded with blue aqua aura quartz and pyrite clusters over an antique silver leaf and 22 carat moon gold background 120cm x 120cm

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Argentous Drift (Blue Aqua Ora) Detail
Argentous Drift (Blue Aqua Ora) Detail
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Argentous Drift (Rose Quartz)
Argentous Drift (Rose Quartz)

A subtle hewn rock texture with raised organic details and embedded with rough pink quartz and pyrite clusters over an antique silver leaf background and 22 carat moon gold 120cm x 120cm

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Argentous Drift (Rose Quartz) Detail
Argentous Drift (Rose Quartz) Detail
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In Deep - pyrite and galena
In Deep - pyrite and galena

This version of In Deep has the addition of pyrite clusters and galena 120cm x 120cm

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In Deep - pyrite and galena - detail
In Deep - pyrite and galena - detail
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Dark Star

Smokey Quartz bursts through 24ct gold and hazy bronzed and black glazes to create a moody a piece with high drama.

Dark Star I
Dark Star I

Darkest smokey quartz on a 22 carat gold background with black glazes and bronze patina. 150cm H 130cm W

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Dark Star II
Dark Star II

Darkest smokey quartz on a 22 carat gold background with black glazes and bronze patina. 150cm H 130cm W

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