Jenny's interest in sculptural forms and the specular properties of silver are combined in her collection of larger pieces and jewellery using the technique of anticlastic raising. Jenny produces flowing forms which have sweeping open curves connected by narrow closed curves, with a contrasting interior.
Jenny is practising as a silversmith as a second career. She studied silversmithing and enamelling at the Sir John Cass College, and more recently anticlastic raising with Heikki Seppa and Michael Good in the USA. She has received awards for design, silversmithing, and enamelling from the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council. Jenny is a short course tutor in anticlastic raising at Birmingham School of Jewellery and West Dean College.
Anticlastic raising is a metal forming technique which involves forming sheet metal into curved forms, where the dominant perpendicular axes move in opposite directions. In its simplest form this produces a 'saddle-like' structure. This allows the production of flowing forms that would not be possible using traditional raising techniques. Jenny pushes this exciting technique to allow the formation of complex sculptural forms. The inside curves are contrasted either by gilding or by engraving and enamelling.
Enamelling involves fusing a layer of coloured glass onto the surface of the metal, yielding vibrant colours. The enamelling can be enhanced by engraving the surface beforehand. Jenny breaks enamelling tradition by performing this colouring technique on the inside of highly curved surfaces. Jenny delights in combining two time-consuming and highly technical processes; anticlastic raising and enamelling.