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Materials palette for the Mineral Alchemy project (2015): salt, clay, wood and nuts. 


All are renewable within a human lifetime and can be gathered without environmental or social harm. 


In Mineral Alchemy I propose that these materials might one day be as precious as unrefined metals and gemstones - as our definition of preciousness changes alongside the values we hold in a world of increasing resource scarcity, and one where the principle of doing no harm confers status. 


Photography: Studio Immatters

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Experimentation charts from the Mineral Alchemy project. 


Gemstone experimentation chart (2015) : a range of ethically engineered gemstones grown from salt, clay, and annealed glass.


Nut experimentation chart (2015) : a study of cut and carved Tagua, dyed black to simulate carbonised wood and polished to resemble ebony and jet. 


Photography: Alison Taylor (left) and Studio Immatters (right)

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Mineral Alchemy Totems collection (2015)


Materials: tagua nut, wood


Photography: Studio Immatters

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Nut stone diamond (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Totems collection


Materials: tagua nut, wood


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Salt point diamond ring (2015) and Salted ruby ring (2015) - both part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: (salt point diamond) - salt, clay, tagua nut; (salted ruby) - salt, food dye, tagua nut


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Salt point diamond (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: salt, clay, tagua nut


Photography: Alison Taylor



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Crystal glaze ceramic rings (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: clay, salt, glass


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Crystal glaze ceramic rings (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: clay, salt, glass


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Ivory salt ring (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: salt, clay, tagua nut


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Alchemical geode ring (detail) (2015) - part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


Materials: salt, clay, tagua nut


Photography: Alison Taylor

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Alchemical geode ring (2015)- part of the Mineral Alchemy Geodes collection


salt, clay, tagua nut


Photography: Alison Taylor
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