Handmade in Scotland by Claire Watson
Runes are ancient alphabets used from the 2nd century, and often referred to as Futhark. As the written language evolved several rune sets appeared, from different areas and different times.
I've taught myself Younger and Elder Futhark, to use on my craftwork and silverwork.
Younger Furthark - aka Danish Runes, used from the 8th Century in Denmark expanding across Scandinavia by the 10th Century
Elder Futhark - The oldest form of runes used as early as the 2nd century by all germanic tribes
Inspired by the many finds of Viking hoards, I re-create viking jewellery and viking inspired jewellery using traditional techniques.
Much of this work is suitable for re-enactment, and I do hope to expand on my replica work as I gather research on hoard finds.
Viking Knit is an old viking technique for necklace making that I've taken to the modern day with bright colours using silver-plated and enamelled copper wires.
Sometimes you just need to let the hammer fall, and have the metal inspire you as to what shape it will take. These pieces are truly one of a kind.
I also love creating bespoke pieces for my customers, whether it be an alteration to one of my designs of rings, or a new piece entirely. I enjoy finding new ways to make new things.
My journey into silversmithing began with my introduction into viking reenactment, and as such a great deal of my inspiration comes from that.
I also love Scottish nature and mythology.
I make a variety of rings which use Elder and Younger Futhark runes as well as other traditional viking designs. I am happy to work with you and make rings to order with your choice of inscription to your size.
All my sterling silver rings are hallmarked at the Edinburgh Assay Office, so you can be sure of their quality and maker.
Before teaching myself silversmithing, I would always draw and paint. This has been something I tend to do "for myself". I find painting relaxing and a way to express ideas and emotions that I cannot express verbally. Or, I see a beautiful scene and I want to re-create it in my own eyes.