The founders of Wrightson & Platt, Denise Wrightson and Vicky Platt, were inspired by the carvings commissioned by Queen Victoria of her own children’s hands and feet, and launched Wrightson & Platt in 1999 from a market stall in Spitalfields Market.
In this post we interview Alison Martin who is the Commercial Director about their jewellery inspired by nature. If you like the photos then click on them to find out more and buy.
W&P has gone on to become the world leader in producing highly detailed baby hand and feet sculpture and jewellery. We’ve also applied our life-casting skills to producing stunning jewellery cast from natural objects including spices, beans, nuts and even shark’s teeth!
My background is mainly in TV broadcasting. I joined W&P as Office Manager in 2013 and took on the role of Commercial Director at the beginning of 2015. It has been a steep learning curve, but working in a small business ensures you are involved in everything. No two days are the same, and I love it!
Nice to meet you Alison; please tell us what separates the wood from the chaff with respect to your products versus other jewellery?
We employ a team of highly skilled sculptors, the most advanced technologies and the very greatest of care, to produce work that is second to none.
Up to 40 processes are involved in capturing each minute detail and finessing the final product so that it is absolutely perfect.
OK Thanks; whereabouts does the magic happen?
Our foundry and workshop are located in Brockley in south-east London, with our offices and storage space just up the stairs so the whole operation is totally joined up. We use a handful of carefully selected artists to provide specialist services such as glass-casting, engraving and silversmithing, but all of the mould-making and bronze casting happens on site.
What is the toughest part of the product development process for you?
The development of the products has evolved over time. As with any business, we’ve learnt from mistakes and finessed certain processes to gradually improve our work.
There has been a certain amount of trial and error in casting different natural objects – the butterfly proved impossible and the horse chestnut lethal!
Do you have any new products/ranges planned for the next year or so?
We’ve got a beautiful miniaturised pine cone pendant in production at the moment.Watch this space. Actually, maybe we should develop the twig ring!
What do you wish we had asked you?
We’d love to include a photo of the little pinecones that are in production – is that an option?
Made to Last – Eh; that’s not an answer I was expecting. Go on then – they are pretty special:
Which product in your range do you personally use the most and why?
All the women in the team have silver acorn pendants – and our Creative Director has a gorgeous one-off ring that was cast from a small twig. It crosses two fingers and is widely admired by all of us, and on occasion by complete strangers on the tube!