Interview with William Llewellyn Griffiths

Interview  /  Artists   Making
Published: 21.07.2015
Interview with William Llewellyn Griffiths.
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William Llewellyn Griffiths. Ring: Crowned Heart and Swallows Engagement Ring with 'FOREVER' Wedding Band, 2013. 18ct white and yellow gold, tsavorite garnet, diamonds. 9 x 17 mm, ring size M. William Llewellyn Griffiths
Ring: Crowned Heart and Swallows Engagement Ring with 'FOREVER' Wedding Band, 2013
18ct white and yellow gold, tsavorite garnet, diamonds
9 x 17 mm, ring size M
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Modern things don’t do it for me.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized?
To me, mass produced jewelry is standardized in a way that it is generally produced to an average quality, with a low level of imagination and innovation. This homogenization and watering down of design for mass markets is bad for the industry, but it is also nothing new. On the other extreme is some art jewelry which is unwearable, and this lack of functionality is not my taste. However, there are, and always will be a few masters of their craft who make things to such a high standard, so beautifully and immaculately crafted and which years of hard work and toil have gone to good use as to make items with effortless functionality as well.

What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
 I’d say all of my jewellery is pretty Euro-centric; inspired by historical architecture, art work and jewellery. Modern things don’t do it for me but I love to be able to use modern technology to execute my designs beyond what I can create with tradition al techniques.

What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
 I don’t really expect anything but I hope they like it. The Metal Couture show room and studio is a constant exhibition of my work, allowing me to share the story of each piece with those who visit, and hear their stories as well.

Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
 I love to make clockwork components, automaton, and mechanisms. My father is an inventor and growing up I was always tinkering in his workshop, this fascination with creating mechanisms carries over in to my jewellery and art practice; I have made several intricate automata involving taxidermy mice and animal skeletons and I make tiny locks that fit inside rings and lockets.
Swan lake with mice. Diorama with taxidermy mice and gears, without electronic motors.

The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
I’m always really inspired and full of new designs quite often when I am jetlagged at 3.00am a jewellery fair in some far away land.  

A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
History surprises me, I can’t believe the level of intricacy and detail that people managed to manufacture before there was even electricity and it also surprises me with all the technology today the lack of imagination people have when utilizing it. 

Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Sevan Bıçakçı, Arman Sarkisyan, Froment- Meurice and Thomas Kuntz.
What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
The last pieces that I made, then I move on to the next.
Do you read Jewellery Magazines?
Occasionally I will but mostly I seek out historical recourses.

Earrings: Gold Chandelier, 2008
What is your source to get information?
Travelling, life, books, BBC television series, history documentaries, the Rococo period architecture, Museums...  
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
Yes! Some of my best friends are jewellers. I’m not secretive about my work and I love to discuss different techniques. We also talk about the future of jewellery and different ways of selling your wares  these days.  
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future?
I guess I think about the technology of jewellery manufacture. And it excites me.

What do you expect for?
Oh, small things, fame, fortune, a castle with turrets. 
William Llewellyn Griffiths. Ring: Cathedral, 2009. gold, silver,precious and semi precious stones . William Llewellyn Griffiths
Ring: Cathedral, 2009
gold, silver,precious and semi precious stones 
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