Machi de Waard

Machi is a full-time jeweller and makes modernist pieces in silver and gold, sometimes using gemstones. She makes her jewellery at her studio in Reading, Berkshire, where she has been working for more than 10 years. From January 2010 to December 2011, she was Jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.

Machi is big fan of abstract expressionism and minimalism, so work by artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Yves Klein inspire her. She also finds inspiration from the shapes and clean lines in the work of sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Closer to home, though, her whole family is artistic so she can also see creativity in her sister’s knitting or her mom’s painting or her grandmother’s tapestries. Machi loves how you can give the same material to a hundred people to make something and they will all come up with something totally different.

Machi's signature style rotates around simple shapes such as circles, spheres and ovals. She likes the perfection and simplicity of a circle. A circle is a minimal shape – it encloses the maximum amount of space with the minimum circumference – which makes it a very neat, efficient shape. In her designs, the gold (or sometimes silver) sphere provides a sense of tension or playfulness by balancing on the curve or peeking out from behind the silver.

All silver pieces weighing more than seven grams and all gold items are hallmarked at the London Assay Office.