Rebecca Skeels is an enthusiastic and highly talented jeweller/metalsmith based in Birmingham. She is a meticulous designer-maker with a strong desire for knowledge of new materials and processes, and believes in openly sharing her enthusiasm and experience through varied teaching methods.
Since October 1994, Rebecca has been the sole proprietor of SKEELS, a developing jewellery and product design company. This has allowed Rebecca to work on commissions as well as her own collections ranging from unique handmade cufflinks, pendants and furniture to installations in public spaces. Her work is exhibited through galleries, shops, craft shows and trade exhibitions in the UK and abroad.
Through research and experimentation with alternative materials, Rebecca produces a number of one-off pieces to complement her existing ranges. This led to managing and running a symposium/exchange with the Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) and the Critique Collective Network in San Francisco in 2010.
Rebecca’s collection of bird inspired rings and pins are made from a mixture of metals, from metal clay, brass, steel and silver using a variety of processes including casting, hand building, soldering, texturing and oxidizing. The legs of the ducks, chickens and crows become individual display stands of the jewellery when not worn.
Rebecca continually expands her collections with more research and experimentation, taking opportunity of new, developing and different materials and technologies. Research will also take place to develop new methods in which jewellery and metalwork is taught, widening the knowledge of the jewellery and metalwork industry, techniques and processes.