Rob Morris has used lockdown to create his latest range, Flow. 2020 has become quite a year, and Rob has been taking inspiration from the strange and sometimes difficult experiences it’s handed us. Whitstable, where he lives and works, is a tight-knit and very supportive community and the town is colloquially known as ‘The Bubble’, and of course, we’ve all linked up with others to form bubbles too. So bubbles were the inspirational emblem for this range… featuring Rob’s signature motif of sinuous silver, which he has then set with silver balls, emulating bubbles. Many pieces also include that most aquatic of stones, topaz, and Rob only uses the superior Swiss topaz, known for its exceptionally bright turquoise hue. Unusually for Rob, the early pieces in this range feature cabochon stones, as with their smooth rounded surface they extend the watery theme… but he intends to use faceted stones too, which will twinkle more, but be slightly less liquid-like.
The Flow of the range’s name is denoted by the serpentine silver running through most of the pieces, a curving wave which Rob then borders with bubbles and topaz, mimicking air rising from the depths.
The Flow jewellery range is quite small at the moment, just a bangle, drop earrings, two pendants and tiny stud earrings. But it is very much an evolving range, and Rob has in mind to add gold bubbles too, along with several more pieces, including a ring and more pendants. Currently, the simplest piece is the Flow bangle, which features no bubbles at all! It is very elegant and comfortable to wear and sits beautifully on the wrist, and it’s completely hand-forged. Hand-forging is one of the most labour-intensive skills of a silversmith, beating raw metal into shape and then filing, sandpapering and polishing, a time and energy-consuming process!