Building up a house of shells

Celebrating the work of Carolyn Brookes-Davies
30 July, 2017
Large Shell box by Carolyn Brookes Davies
Large Shell box by Carolyn Brookes Davies
Carolyn makes ornamental shell work. A carefully selected assortment of shells are assembled to create shell encrusted caskets, mirror frames, bowls, candle sticks and furniture. With a background in sculpture and a love of natural form, shells with their accidental beauty, subtle colours, textures and endless ornamental possibilities appeal to Carolyn. Having graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1982 and, after a career in London as a fashion designer, Carolyn moved to the North Norfolk coast in 2003.

About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.