After completing compulsory education, David Fowkes undertook his academic studies in Liverpool, reading Silversmithing and Jewellery alongside Physical Education. He taught in school for two years, before deciding to expand his horizons and leave the UK to explore the world by bicycle! Over seven years he travelled widely, experiencing the bustle of Istanbul, the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies and the open expanse of the Arctic Circle. David was fortunate to work with artisan jewellers across the globe, learning a vast array of techniques and processes. These experiences influenced the philosophy of design that we see in David’s work today.
On his return to the UK, David undertook a series of appointments with UK based jewellers and silversmiths to hone and refine his skills, before launching his own brand in the late 1980’s. Since that time, David has drawn from his subsequent encounters and experiences to further develop a style of jewellery with a particular passion for the unconventional: perhaps a reflection of the route taken to become a goldsmith!
Subsequently commission work has significantly expanded in response to clients who recognise the value of innovative design and excellent craftsmanship. Today he draws on his unique background in order to develop his ideas into creative practical statements. The jewellery, whilst designed as an expressive extension of the human form, derives much of its influence from time spent in areas of both geographical and cultural diversity. His personable approach enables him to work directly with a client to understand their needs and their own personal sense of style.
The name David Fowkes has become synonymous with the use of wonderful coloured gemstones. Often sourced from the miners themselves, David has developed a close working relationship with an internationally renowned cutter who creates unique gems which are so integral to the designs on show today.