Cathy’s work expresses her love of the natural world, especially plants, which is not surprising as she has a degree in Botany. The pieces are sometimes symbolic, sometimes figurative and others just evoke a sense of a walk or just being in a particular environment.
The materials used are precious metals and vitreous enamel. For the enamelled work the silver is either shaped by piercing sheet metal or made by melting silver and then forming it into a shape in the rolling mill. Texture is added by roll printing with etched brass plates of her drawings. The enamel is then applied to the surface of the silver, fired in the kiln and then stoned back so it is flush and smooth. Each piece is fired several times. The pieces are often oxidised which adds to the atmosphere and highlights the colour.
Cathy lives and works in West Devon on the Bere Peninsular beside the Tamar river.