From a young age I’ve had a huge passion for design. With a background in product design, I furthered my design knowledge by studying jewellery design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. I graduated in 2010 and returned home to Neath in south Wales to set up Laura Thomas Jewellery.
I have been fortunate to set up my own workshop which has allowed me get back to the drawing board and bench to continue to develop and explore. I’ve had the opportunity to work on great some great projects and commissions over the past 11 years and the most exciting to date has been to design and make the 2018 National Eisteddfod of Wales crown.
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Inspired by the richness of colour and texture found in an array of rare natural woods, I explore surface and geometrical repeated patterns by means of precision cut veneers. This exploration, coupled with fine metal working skills results in my individual interpretation of parquetry; an exceptional surface decoration technique that was adopted in the 1600, seen as a luxury craft that beautified and enhanced both furniture and interiors. Taking this technique one step further, parquetry is now used to beautify and enhance both the jewellery and the wearer.