Carol has lived near Leominster, Herefordshire for over 22 years. After a long career in social care she is now able to work in her own studio and continue an earlier passion for jewellery making.
Carol has also spent time living and showing her work and delivering jewellery workshops in Andalusia, Spain over the years. The name Pomegranate Collective evolved from time spent in and around Granada province; long walks at different times of the year amid groves of pomegranates observing the many changes in the skin, shape, texture and deep colour of the fruit. The English translation of ‘Granada’ is pomegranate.
The contrast and difference in the two landscapes of the Welsh borders and Spanish Sierra has been hugely influential on her work. Many of her pieces take inspiration from landscape and changing seasons; slate, rocks, lichens, leaves and the many jewelled treasures found in the Welsh hills and Herefordshire lanes. In particular, the organic, irregular shapes and textures which reflect the effects of weathering or seams of colour exposed through ageing and renewal.
Carol works primarily with polymer clay for its flexibility, durability and recycling/ remodelling potential; blending and adding texture and pigment inks in layers to add depth and tone.
Due to the process of blending and layering each piece is unique and cannot be replicated. All fittings are sterling silver and each piece is protected with a Matt varnish. Most necklaces have sliding knots to allow for different sizes and preferences.