Ash Hilton uses recycled and reclaimed silver and copper, ethically sourced pure NZ Beach Gold and gold mined in New Zealand and Australia.
“I grew up on the West Coast of the South Island. After returning from a few years travelling and working overseas, I stumbled upon jewellery making. I studied with Peter Elsbury in Nelson and Peter Minturn in Auckland, then spent a year working with four other jewellers at ‘Mint Jewellery Collective’ in Nelson.
I am interested in the way jewellery involves both creativity and construction: the combination of tools, materials and processes along with design and creativity and how these affect each other. I try to reflect both the human and natural environment in my work by using symbols and materials that have meaning to me and represent where I come from.”