Nicola Bottono

Jewellery, Silversmithing

Nicola Bottono is a Cornish silver artist who specialises in wearable vessel pendants.

She attained a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro College in 2012.

Her research into the vessel used as a sacred container led to the creation of her Memory Pendants.

A lock of hair, sand from your favourite beach or messages of love can be placed inside the pendants and worn close to your heart.

The bottles can also be worn as a miniature reliquary, carrying the ashes of departed loved ones.

Nicola creates these beautiful vessels, you tell the story. They are keepsakes that can be handed down through generations. The vase pendants can carry small seasonal flowers such as violets or forget me nots. They make unique and beautiful gifts.

Each piece is hand crafted in sterling silver using the techniques of texturing and press forming.

‘New and exciting ideas are born from experimentation at the bench. There is always something more to be discovered. This keeps the magic alive for me.’

A recent submission for the exhibition Celebrating 125 years of The National Trust initiated an exploration of a practice known as fold forming. A new body of work showcasing this technique is now on display in the gallery.

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