“I am passionate about metal and glass. I enjoy exploring the way a particular metal behaves and nurturing that quality through the traditional practices of forging, raising, melting and fusing. With an extensive background in glass flameworking, I am continually looking at the relationship between metal and glass and the use of glass in contemporary jewellery. My work reflects and explores the contradictions that emerge between the relative flatness of the metal and the three dimensional aspect of the glass shapes I use. The excitement of starting a new project and overcoming the challenges encountered throughout the making process lead to the final sense of satisfaction achieved when the finished object may be held and admired. Functionality is a fundamental aspect of my work, and often the driving force behind it. However, I enjoy the expression of form, thought and sensation that may be freely executed through the manipulation of metal. My work needs to be aesthetically pleasing with visual strength in the balance of line, form and proportion.” – Sarah Murphy.