Penny Williams

Jewellery & Metalwork: Quirky animal inspired jewellery and clocks


I have been designing and making jewellery and metalwork at my studio in Birmingham since finishing a degree course in Jewellery Design at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery.

My original inspiration came from my cat ‘Colin’, who became my first muse many years ago. Since then I have added many creatures to my portfolio, including dogs, garden birds and all sorts of critters from the surrounding countryside and hedgerow. I enjoy developing an understanding of their shape and form through drawing and photography and then create designs that capture their character. I produce a wide range of quirky jewellery, handcrafted in silver and non-precious metals, using techniques such as casting, acid etching and patination. Alongside the jewellery I also use these figurative designs to inspire my series of clocks. These are made from a mixture of copper and brass and each one is individually created using acid etching and heat colouring techniques to produce a unique finished piece.