Jewellery designer Jill Thompson grew up in Derbyshire and loved walking in the Peak District. Since moving to Dorset in 1990 she has drawn inspiration from the coast and beautiful Purbeck landscape. Her work develops from initial ideas inside her head or sometimes from photos or sketches, often changing direction as each piece evolves.
Based in Whitecliff, Poole, she spends hours beachcombing and collecting stimulating objects from the Jurassic Coastline.
She trained at ‘Flux’n’Flame based in Dorset and set up jillyflowerjewellery in 2010 after selling her work locally. After a successful Dorset Art Week in 2012 she now supplies several galleries throughout the UK.
She loves experimenting with reticulation (surface melting) which creates wonderful textures and one-off pieces of jewellery.
Her most popular collection - 'Rockpools' draws inspiration from pebbles, seaweed and the lovely shapes formed by ripples and waves. Dorset seaglass and pebbles are incorporated into some of the pieces.