After thirteen years, Monmouth Goldsmiths Gill and Alan Saunders are on the move. Having outgrown their old premises in White Swan Court they have relocated to a brand new studio showroom and workshop, situated in Church Street, in the heart of the historic market town.
The move has been almost a year in the planning and has enabled them to have a blank canvas to work with – offering so many possibilities and options, this in itself proved to be a huge challenge.
Creating the perfect space and environment when choosing or commissioning a piece of jewellery was paramount to the design of the new studio; above all the two goldsmiths wanted their clients to feel relaxed and at ease in a light airy space. This new space has given them the opportunity to have both a “Drop off ” repair counter and a bespoke seating area for longer consultations.
The next project was to design the workshop area, which had to encompass both an area for traditional goldsmithing and new technology.
Having more space than in their previous studio meant that this was easily achieved giving them a more ef cient and comfortable working environment with full interactive workshop space. The open plan workshop enables clients to feel involved in the making process; therefore seeing the whole progression through from initial sketches to a final jewel.
New horizons always inspire new ideas and their new collection draws inspiration from astronomy and the dark skies prevalent in the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains area. The initial ideas were formed back in 2008 when Gill and Alan were commissioned to design and make ve pieces of jewellery to be exhibited at The Chelsea Flower Show on the Gold Winning “The Sky at Night” garden.
The latest collection “Celeste” celebrates the wonderful local starry skies. Aside from their collections, which are always available from their studio in Monmouth, they also offer a comprehensive re-model, restoration and repair service; with all of the work carried out on the premises.
15 Church Street, Monmouth, NP25 3BX