Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby

29 Jan 2020

Christina Jansen visits Malcolm Appleby

Visiting Malcolm Appleby and his wife Philippa Swann in January has become a lovely, annual event to bring in the New Year. After the rush of the festive season, their home and studio is a welcome break from the gallery. Once leaving the A9 to Grandtully, I’m in Appleby country - where they live is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and I cannot disassociate Perthshire from Malcolm’s work.

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Countryside (Dalguise road looking down Ballinluig Valley heading towards Grandtully, Perthshire).

Malcolm and Philippa designed the house, which is both wonderfully eccentric and practical. Visiting the studio is an important reminder of a truly authentic talent - there is always new work on the go. Malcolm shows me some of latest projects and I am allowed to sift and sort through the treasure of jewellery and metalwork where I usually discover a new facet of his work that I hadn’t appreciated before or I spy new work and trends. It is a humbling experience - Malcolm has an infectious enthusiasm and loves what he does. He also enjoys working with others and generously tells me what other artists I should be looking at. It is always a salutary reminder that the gallery must always reflect the joy and love that goes into truly original ideas and craftsmanship.

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Malcolm Appleby in his studio, Grandtully, Perthshire.
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Malcolm at work in his studio.
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Detail of studio door with clock faces.
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
HRH The Queen, wearing her Malcolm Appleby brooch at the annual Braemar.
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Coronet of Charles, Prince of Wales, designed by Louis Osman and engraved by Malcolm Appleby in 1969.
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Engraved Circular & Silver and Gold Triangular Earrings, 2019, 22ct hand engraved gold, H1.8 x W1.8 cm

These 22ct engraved earrings are exquisitely engraved with one of Malcolm’s specially adapted engraving tools. The spirals and finely drawn, deep cut engraving which amplifies the colour of the gold and catches the light giving a three dimensional quality when worn. World class!

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Star Sapphire Engraved Ring, 2019, engraved 18ct yellow gold, 22ct red gold, star sapphire

Malcolm enjoys working with precious and semi precious stones. This beautifully engraved ring features a rare star sapphire and has been set to allow light to pass through the base so that the colour of the stone can be appreciated.

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Walk in the Woods Necklace, 2019, silver, L30 cm
Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Mixed Charm Necklace, 2019, silver, aquamarine, fluorite, kyanite, amethyst, Peruvian opal, sapphire, L36 cm

Malcolm’s walking in the woods series are inspired by the trees, shrubs and woodland area directly around his house, grounds and surrounding countryside.

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Silver Pendants, 2019, silver, H1-2 x W1-2 cm

Malcolm enjoys making accessible, original work which everyone can behold, wear and enjoy. He has made numerous designs for buttons over the years and this group of pendant buttons feature some of his beautiful bird designs, woodland flowers and linden leaves and hearts.

Studio Insights | Malcolm Appleby
Red Squirrel in a Nut Pendant on Garnet Necklace, 2019, engraved 18ct red gold, garnet beads, silver fixing, H2 x W2.5 x L25 cm

Malcolm and Philippa enjoy watching the red squirrels come and go in their garden and have become a favourite motif. This squirrel pendant is 18ct red gold on a soft amethyst chain.

Please visit our website here to view the new jewellery by Malcolm Appleby.

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