About Matthew - 3 decades at the bench
I grew up in Sydney, Australia and for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a Jeweller. I left school when I was 16 and became an apprentice goldsmith working alongside my father. Dad is an incredible jeweller and he taught me everything I know about the trade.
I came to the UK 3 years ago with my wife and daughter and we love it so much, we decided to stay. Having grown up in a family where jewellery has always been a fundamental part of our lives it was a natural progression to start my own studio/workshop here – I love running my own business and get much satisfaction from meeting so many nice people. Being able to make something for them or for those they love, is so special and really rewarding.
In recent times the industry has undergone considerable change with modern technology which is exciting. I believe that to achieve excellence in this industry today requires a sound knowledge of the traditional bench skills but also the ability to embrace modern technology. I have now invested in a laser welder which enables me to do much of my work with even greater precision and also do jobs that I would have otherwise been unable to do.
I am inspired by everything around me – from the vivid colours and vast horizons of Australia to the intricate iron and stonework and the history of Europe and the UK. My mind is always thinking, creating and designing jewellery. I have been in the industry for 3 decades now and still love what I do – it is a privilege to make something that may be kept forever and handed down the generations and that is so unique and personal to the person who wears it.
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“ Our 10-year old granddaughter’s pendant, consisting of her birthstone Peridot in a gold lattice-work setting on a gold chain, combines an apparent simplicity of design with less immediately obvious detailed work , which, we believe, will make it something our granddaughter will be glad to wear throughout her life. We are grateful to Matt for his suggestions and patience in achieving this successful outcome.”- Broad Chalke, Wiltshire
‘Thank you for making our wedding rings. To be able to use gold from a ring belonging to my grandmother made them particularly special and we shall treasure them forever’
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the work you have done for me. Not only have you transformed my very ordinary seventies rings into two very beautiful new rings, but you have made every meeting a joy. I couldn’t be more thrilled with my rings; they are gorgeous.- Salisbury, Wiltshire
“The individually designed brooch in the form of an S-shaped Autumn leaf in gold with the inset emerald combined all the symbolism of the season, our wedding anniversary and my wife’s name – a great success of design and production for which I was very relieved and my wife extremely pleased. Many thanks to the craftsman.”- Broad Chalke, Wiltshire