Grey Sheep


melbourne / Australia

The son of an artist and an inventor, William Llewellyn Griffiths is a self-taught manipulator of precious metals. He began his career in the jewellery workshops of London’s Hatton Garden at the age of 17. William’s jewellery is a fusion of old and new, both in design and technique. His aesthetic is heavily influenced by the art and architecture of the past. The soaring grandeur of the Medieval, the beauty of the Renaissance or the excesses of the Baroque period inspire him to create jewellery that draw on forms and features that evoke the past.

“I like to think of my jewellery as not just adornment but as tiny portable artworks which allow the wearer to experience a sense of the timeless beauty of these periods, to carry a fragment of the past with them in their daily life.”

William has worked hard to not only perfect traditional jeweller’s techniques but to build upon these skills and extend the design possibilities with modern technology. Over the years he has taken the traditional lost wax technique of casting and made it his own. In his most recent work, William combines this ancient process with the cutting-edge technology of 3D scanning and printing. His method is a modern interpretation of an ancient technique.

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