Motivated by both the beauty of the materials as well as a yearning for objects made with minimal impact and transparency, Phoebe creates pieces that may confidently and quietly exist in our world.
Every shell is either mindfully collected by Phoebe and her family from around the coast of Southport, Tasmania or passed on from local divers.
Pieces are cut to follow the shells unique contours, sculpted on a grinder, then polished in a rock tumbler for up to 3 weeks and arranged into final works with hand formed recycled sterling silver.
As a result of this process each piece is completely individual, even when following the one design, evidence of the artists hand and the shells character is celebrated.
Live limpets are a protected species in Tasmania, however the collection of small amounts of empty shells that have washed ashore is permitted outside of marine reserves. Learn more about collecting shells in Tassie here.
Abalone are caught commercially and recreationally by divers under strict size limits and quotas to ensure a sustainable population growth and balanced marine ecosystem. Learn more here
As every unique piece is handcrafted from beginning to end, It's easy to make adjustments or create something tailored to you or for a loved one. Whether it's recreating a piece using gold, requesting clip ons for un-pierced ears, or creating a completely unique piece for a special occasion; I'd love to hear about any ideas you have.