Tuesday, 26 July 2016

fourMAKERS@No.5: Libby Ward Jewellery Designer

Libby Ward from fourMAKERS@no.5 at Middleport Pottery working at her studio | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Earlier on in July I went to do a shoot with the ladies of FourMakersatNo.5 who are based at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. The shoot was a branding shoot which consisted of capturing their making techniques, photographing their unique products and finally, at the end of the day I took some portraits of each maker too.

In this short series of posts I'm going to be sharing the shoot I did with each maker, starting with Libby Ward who is a contemporary jewellery designer.

LIBBY WARD


Libby Ward from fourMAKERS@no.5 at Middleport Pottery working at her studio | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Libby Ward from fourMAKERS@no.5 at Middleport Pottery working at her studio | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Libby Ward from fourMAKERS@no.5 at Middleport Pottery working at her studio | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Libby Ward creates her unique contemporary jewellery pieces at the fourMAKERS@No.5 open studio based in Middleport Pottery. She likes to experiment by mixing materials and works with objects that have interesting textures. While photographing Libby during her making process, I was very intrigued to see how her pieces are created and all the tools that are involved, and this is mostly what I wanted to bring across in the first part of the shoot.

Jewellery created by Libby Ward contemporary jewellery designer and maker | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Jewellery created by Libby Ward contemporary jewellery designer and maker | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Jewellery created by Libby Ward contemporary jewellery designer and maker | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Jewellery created by Libby Ward contemporary jewellery designer and maker | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Jewellery created by Libby Ward contemporary jewellery designer and maker | by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Moving on to photographing Libby's jewellery and we made use of the sunny weather by setting up outside. Luckily there was plenty of space behind the studio for me to shoot with no distractions from passers by as it was quite a private location. I fell in love with Middleport Pottery because of its old characteristics.

Back to Libby's jewellery, and as you can see, Libby's pieces are very unique but simplistic at the same time. The use of shapes, textures and colours combined are the things that make the jewellery stand out. I like the earthy tones of the materials and the contrast they create next to the silver. My favourite pieces have to be the rings.

Portrait of jewellery designer and maker Libby Ward at her Middleport Pottery studio | Photo by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Portrait of jewellery designer and maker Libby Ward at her Middleport Pottery studio | Photo by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Finally, we ended the day with some portraits outside in the sun. The location chosen again was outside at the back of the makers' studio because I wanted to make use of the characteristics and natural light, especially as it was such a sunny day. Libby was very comfortable in front of the camera which meant the photos turned out to be very natural which I love. I also managed to snap her with her cute dog too!

Libby sells her pieces at many craft shows all over the country as well as taking part in exhibitions. She's also won many awards for her work and it's easy to see why. You can find out more about Libby on her website here.

I'm looking forward to sharing my shoots with the other makers, Alex Allday and Brydee Gillbard who both work with ceramics.
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