BUCKS artist Lucian Taylor will be revealing how he uses cuttlefish to create beautiful jewellery and shapes during the county’s biggest free arts event next month.

Lucian Taylor is a skilled and very innovative silversmith who works at Studio E174 in High Wycombe.Part of Bucks Open Studios
Lucian Taylor is a skilled and very innovative silversmith who works at Studio E174 in High Wycombe.Part of Bucks Open Studios

OPEN STUDIOS: An unusual way to create jewellery

The 48 year old renowned silversmith is taking part in Bucks Open Studios, where artists open their workshops for two weeks to reveal some of their secrets.

Lucian Taylor is a skilled and very innovative silversmith who works at Studio E174 in High Wycombe.Part of Bucks Open Studios

Lucian Taylor is a skilled and very innovative silversmith who works at Studio E174 in High Wycombe.Part of Bucks Open Studios

Mr Taylor says the technique of hollowing-out a shape in the cuttlefish bone and then casting it with metal is very ‘accessible’ and a great introduction to his trade.

He uses cuttlefish because it is easy to shape but can also withstand high temperatures. Mr Taylor believes the budgie-staple also leaves a ‘beautiful texture’ in the finished product.

The Oxfordshire artist is based at Wycombe’s Studio E174, which he runs alongside jeweller Elizabeth Callinicos.

Both artists run regular classes at the site in Leigh Street.

This year 540 artists will display their work during Bucks Open Studios from June 9-24.

For details visit www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk