Meet the Maker - Porth Jewellery
With our Christmas fair just around the corner, we thought we would introduce you to a few of our wonderful stallholders - meet Laura Talbot of Porth Jewellery
Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I have always loved the ocean. As a child I spent a lot of time in Pembrokeshire and moved to Cornwall when I came to study at Falmouth College of Arts. After 13 years as a Primary School teacher I decided it was time to unleash my creativity again and after many happy hours ‘playing’ with my friend in her silversmith studio I fell in love with making jewellery using the specially selected sea glass from many happy beachcombing trips. Porth Jewellery was set up in Summer 2018 and I work alongside my friend in her studio in Flushing.
What is your favourite part about making/designing jewellery?
I love creating each unique item knowing that the journey of each piece of sea glass continues. Sea glass has been part of the ocean, tumbled, smoothed and changed with time and tide. Each piece is therefore completely unique and cannot be replicated. Imagine where it could have started off: a bottle tossed overboard by a sailor; an old glass fishing buoy; the fragile remains of past Cornish industries or even the result of a shipwreck.
What different materials do you use to make your jewellery?
I collect sea glass from beaches, harbours and estuaries in Cornwall and sometimes further afield. Each piece is carefully recorded so I can trace it back to its beach for provenance. Sometimes my jewellery is chosen for the colour, shape, size or purely for the beach on which it was discovered. Porth is Cornish for harbour - good places to search for sea glass treasures.
Where do you find your inspiration to make jewellery?
I take custom orders to produce bespoke jewellery using either a special piece of sea glass from the customer or using glass I have collected whilst beachcombing the shores of Cornwall. I also make simple silver jewellery to sit alongside the glass pieces.
Describe your jewellery in three words
Ocean Inspired Jewellery
Where in Cornwall can you be found when not making and creating?
Living in Falmouth, I spend a lot of time in the local area, beachcombing, walking and enjoying the water. This year I have been trying to complete parts of the coast path I haven’t yet walked so it’s taken me further afield and I’ve discovered some amazing new beaches in the east. My favourite part of Cornwall is the west though. I love the wild, weather-beaten landscape.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas in Cornwall?
It has to be visiting the beach on Christmas Day morning. Watching crowds of people dive into the cold sea whilst I watch with a flask of coffee and seeing friends for a few hours definitely makes me love Christmas in Cornwall. One year we plan to have a Christmas BBQ instead of the traditional turkey!