A quick catch-up with Clarice of Clarice Price Thomas Jewellery.How did you get into jewellery design? I always knew from a very early age that I wanted to become a jewellery designer. I grew up as the daughter of a watch and clock maker so I think it was always very intrinsic for me to want to make with my hands. I studied a one year art and design course in Norwich and after that decided to make the move to London. I decided against studying at university and instead opted to work for other jewellery designers and learn along the way, and I'm so pleased that I did so. It's meant that I've been able to pick and choose what I learn.
What inspires you when you are designing? I have quite a unique making process in that my starting point is to use old lathes and milling machines passed down from my father. It's the outcome that I can create using these machines that really inspires the visual language of the jewellery. Once I've come up with a particular shape or pattern I then explore how it can be applied to different pieces.
This way of working along with traditional jewellery techniques, stone setting and even some modern technology such as CAD and 3-D printing all help to create my pieces of jewellery.
In this respect I find it quite difficult to answer what inspires me when designing, because I find myself spending more time making samples and exploring in 3-D shapes than I do actually designing and drawing ideas down. That said I'm constantly inspired by architecture, machinery, mechanisms and sculpture.
What is your definition of style? I would definitely say comfort because with comfort comes confidence and I think that's essential to how you create your own style.
What does your typical day consist of? My typical day consists of waking up, hopping on my bike and cycling to my studio in Hackney Wick. I try to have everything as organised for the day ahead as possible although I must admit us jewellers are known for being quite messy so things can get a bit hectic. I sit at my bench and work all the way through the day working on whatever needs to be done; customer orders, new collection ideas and obviously lots of admin thrown in along the way such as answering emails sending out invoices etc.
What are your favourite places to visit? In London I love to explore my favourite museums and galleries and always try to stop somewhere delicious for lunch along the way. I also love spending time walking round the parks, especially in the summer when the weather is nice. Although I love the city I'm quite the country girl at heart so also I love heading home back to my parents house in Norfolk by the seaside.
Finally, which are your favourite pieces in your latest collection? I would definitely say a top favourite from my latest collection Metropolis is the Antumbra necklace. I have one in silver and I wear it every single day. I'm just about to launch some new pieces for my Metropolis collection (these will launch at The Basics Store) and there's some really lovely pieces! In particular I love the Spectra Necklace and Reflect Bangle. I'll be launching my website soon so people can keep an eye out for them!
A preview of Clarice's new collection will be available at The Basics Store, which opens today and runs until 13th July - 30a Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP.