Jane Watts – Leather

Forged buckles from salvaged wreck metal and hand stitched leather goods – Jane’s work reflects the ruggedness of coastal living.

For the South Hams based metal and leather worker life revolves around the sea. Taking selected pieces of salvaged metal from South West shipwrecks she individually forges and hand finishes buckles to be used on her hand stitched belts, bags and pouches.

Jane is all about making functional items with an element of the unexpected. The making process is a major design feature, from the exposed hand stitching and the patina of the metal all evidence of hand made. Her work is robust and made to be worn and used every day, to spark conversation, to remember our past and to embrace the beauty and simplicity of traditional crafts.

“Our seas and coast hold an abundance of discarded treasure waiting to be found. There is an element of excitement when removing the concretion to reveal pieces of metal last seen 100 plus years ago. The challenge is then to create a piece that continues to live with a completely new purpose!’

In the Gallery I have a selection of Jane’s bags, pouches and belts, or if you can’t visit in person you can purchase these in my online shop.