Karen Cursham started her career attending a local jewellery school, honing her skills in stone setting classes taught by professional jewellers from the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and has since obtained a BSc (Hons) in Design and Innovation. Karen designs and makes her jewellery in a rural village location within the East Midlands, the countryside around her being the main source of inspiration for her contemporary jewellery. She loves the rustic patterns and textures within nature, such as the intricate and irregular feel of a twig, “I like to turn something rough and rustic looking into a beautiful piece of wearable art”. Karen explores the fragility and beauty of nature using traditional jewellery making processes of casting, piercing and fold forming, precious metals are manipulated into organic shapes and accents of pearls and semi-precious stones are sometimes added for detail. Karen believes that the handmade process gives jewellery a charm and feel that is often lost in mass produced or computer-generated products - it is extremely important to Karen to retain these characteristics in her work. Karen produces a new collection every year and, also undertakes individual commissions.