MARION LEBOUTEILLER

Marion explores the relationship between natural and human worlds by combining silver, gold or bronze with natural elements such as mother-of-pearl or felt.

Artist's Statement

I am an emerging French jeweller who now lives and works in England. My creations are born out of my fascination for materials, colours and beauties of nature. I grew up surrounded by 150 volcanoes and I am somehow hoping that the wearer will find and feel a connection with nature that s/he might have forgotten or never had. 

    I suggest oppositions between nature and culture, natural and artificial, wild and domestic and I highlight contrasts of colours, textures, feelings. My background as a chaser and patinateur on bronze sculptures influences deeply my approach to contemporary art jewellery. 

I am inspired by my surroundings but also by the Japanese culture and the «Wabi-Sabi» philosophy: the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. I like leaving space to the unexpected and let the materials express themselves.

My techniques include the lost-wax casting and the casting from natural items into silver, gold or bronze but also soldering, hand piercing, traditional chasing techniques...
I combine precious and non-precious metals with mother-of-pearl and textiles as I am very interested in the propensity of felt to highlight the coldness and the stiffness of metal.

    All my pieces are handmade, either one-offs or small series, using recycled or Fairmined metals wherever possible, as I am very much into the idea (and the actions) of living on this planet with a minimum impact on the environment and on the life of mining labourers.

Further Images

Golden oxidised small seed studs

Golden oxidised small seed studs

oxidised sterling silver, 24k gold leaf

Lichen silver pendant - oxidised and gold leaf

Lichen silver pendant - oxidised and gold leaf

sterling silver, oxidised, 24k gold leaf

Lichen studs - gold leaf

Lichen studs - gold leaf

sterling silver, 24k gold leaf


Lunaria earrings

Lunaria earrings

oxidised sterling silver, 9ct yellow Fairtrade gold, mother-of-pearl, 24k gold leaf

Small seed studs with blue felt

Small seed studs with blue felt

oxidised sterling silver, blue felt

Sepiola brooch with blue felt

Sepiola brooch with blue felt

Sterling silver, handmade felt, steel wire


Sepiola brooch with 5 silver seeds

Sepiola brooch with 5 silver seeds

Sterling silver, steel wire

Sepiola blue necklace with 3 seeds

Sepiola blue necklace with 3 seeds

Sterling silver, handmade felt

Sepiola ring - 1 seed

Sepiola ring - 1 seed

sterling silver - the seed moves


Sepiola ring - 2 seeds

Sepiola ring - 2 seeds

sterling silver - the seeds move

Small seeds studs

Small seeds studs

Sterling silver

Three Sepiola rings

Three Sepiola rings

sterling silver - stack made with three Sepiola rings 1 seed.


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