Ocean inspired jewellery

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Dylan Thomas Collection

Dylan Thomas Collection

“It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobbled streets silent and the hunched courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea.” Dylan Thomas

I love reading and listening to Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Dylan’s interpretation of welsh life in a small coastal town he called Llareggub (bugger all backwards) was for me, the first taste of his creative genius. I have been inspired to create a piece based on Dylans work and the small chapeled fishing town of LLareggub with its houses as blind as moles, boys dreaming wicked, lips is a penny, hotwater bottle bodies, hear the dew falling and Cockled cobbles that run down through the seaweed smelling town to the fishing boat bobbing sea.

This is my Curlew necklace in solid silver and black pearls. I have tried to capture the story of Dylan's Welsh coastal town,the sea salty dreams and tales of shipwrecked marriages and relationships. The romance of love lost and lusted after and of the memories of sailors lost to the swirling currents of the sea..The fishing boat Curlew moves along the silver waves with a moving heart tipped anchor that is suspended by the chain. Solid silver Cockles, barnacles and starfish lie at the bottom of the pendant.
Undermilkwood necklace Copyright Pa-pa jewellery

For more of Pa-pa's work visit http://www.pa-pa.co.uk/Dylanthomas.html

http://bbc.in/1kQhzN2  Watch the wonderful and  inspiring BBC production of Undermilkwood. A truly breathtaking, hilarious and powerful piece of work including Wales's best loved actors and performers.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

My husband and his friend witnessed a minky whale and calf, breaching and trawling with it's huge mouth open in the current not 50 meters from the point at Tiers near Worm's Head Gower last Tuesday. I was disappointed not to have been there myself that evening.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Exploring a Gower reef june 10th 2015

The Gower Peninsular has so much to offer, I love it. With calm sea and glorious sunshine I dug out my snorkel and mask this week for the first time this summer and explored the rocky landscapes and kelp forests of one of my favourite places on Gower.

Friday, 29 May 2015

The Bay Gower, South Wales by Pa-pa

On one of my regular visits to one Gower's Stunning Bays this week, I was surrounded and quite overwhelmed by the beauty of our Coast here in South Wales and I felt compelled to start writing. I am no author but I thought I 'd give it a go and share my day with you....Phillippa Davies 

Through fields tall with sweet new grass, stand worn wooden styles and crumbling stone walls stickered with lichens.

Tis the sweet coconut smell of the gorse on the steep cliff path ahead, golden yellow and needle green leaves that welcomes the arrival of summer. Dusty and dry cracked veins appear in the soil following the decent into the bay. 
Rabbit burrows fresh with droppings cushion the side of the narrow path where the skylarks chirp and flutter up high in the canopy of blue, in competition with the  the songs of the sea. 
The salted air is greeted with a smile. I am at its level now . 
As it breathes its way over the rocks and sand on the incoming tide, the swish and swirl of the salt water grinds its way through crag and pool carrying foam and bubbles to caress the skin of the limestone rock, pimpled with barnacles. 
Anemones shine like garnets jewelling the bottom of the rock pools , limpets stand firm and stubborn  in their armoured shells. Beaded seaweed sways back and forth, up and down, up and down to the breathing rhythm of the cooling sea.
The sea tosses her fringed waves carelesly over the rocks, each roll of swell battling  to get closer to me. 
I am perched now upon the slabbed point looking out across a wind blemished sea. A ganet dives confidently spearing its way into the deep in search of prey.  Beak empty up and away moving west she soars.
The wind turns north and licks my cheek with unwanted affection.  

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Gower Jewellery- How it's made Langland beach huts ring by Pa-pa

I have filmed myself making the Langland  Bay Beach Huts ring at the Pa-pa workshop on the edge of the Gower, South Wales. To create this unique beach huts and palms ring, I have taken inspiration from a lovely local beach - Langland Bay.
First I take photographs of my intended scene and translate the picture onto silver sheet 1.2mm thick. In this film I demonstrate the piercing saw techniques, soldering and polishing methods I use to create my intricate designs in silver.
The beach at Langland is lined with green and white wooden beach huts along the promenade, overlooking the pebbles, sand and sea. Exotic palms stand alongside the steps down to the beach from the car park. Winter swells bring ridable waves sheltered from westerly winds drawing many talented local surfers.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Gower pipi shell necklace by Pa-pa Jewellery

I have always had a wonderful fascination with the shapes and colours of the seashells that are washed up along our beautiful Welsh shores. The purple Pipi shell is one of the most colourful displaying a dull yellow tinged exterior that hides the most beautiful array of purple and lilac inside. Only 1 inch long the beautiful shells are found in their masses along the 5km sandy stretch from Rhossili to Llangennith Beach and on to Burry Holmes on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales. U.K
I have polished and set these two coupled Gower shells in the shape of a heart. The design represents our love of the sea and its hidden natural treasures, its uplifting and calming influence. This design is part of the Gower shells limited edition collection by Pa-pa jewellery.
For more unusual coast inspired designs you are welcome to visit
or visit 
The Pa-pa Gallery, Outside Gower Heritage Center, Parkmill, Gower SA3 2EH

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Gower jewellery video. How its made by Pa-pa jewellery- double mussel necklace with pearl inside. Creating the Pa-pa silver mussel necklace using traditional silversmithing techniques sheet and wire in the Pa-pa jewellery workshop on the edge of the Gower Peninsula South Wales.

My unique jewellery designs in silver and gold are inspired by my study of marine life, the colours and shapes of the rocks; discarded shells and other life forms created by the ocean's movements have always been a great fascination for me. A lover of the sea, I spend much of my time surfing or diving the rocky outcrops of the Gower bays and walking the country paths of the Gower with my family.