Paul Eaton

Paul Eaton

Description

Paul Eaton moved to the countryside in the Surrey Hills as a child.  This is where his love of wildlife began. His father was killed in an accident and his mother had to send him away to school so that she could work. At school, his biology teacher was so inspired by Paul’s enthusiasm, he set up a Natural History Society where Paul continued his wildlife studies. Paul also began making jewelry to sell to school friends to feed the owl that he kept at school. Art and technical drawing were his two favorite subjects. Paul left school at age 16 and went to work for a design engineer who taught him to work with non-ferrous metals such as bronze and stainless steel. While experimenting with these, a school friend’s fashion designer sister saw and commissioned work later sold at Liberty of London.  She introduced him to a jeweler in Guildford, Surrey, where he developed his skills in working with precious metals.  Many jewelry designers came to the workshop as part of a DeBeers promotion and Paul observed their techniques.  He began making jewelry to sell at his own market stalls, which lead to his first workshop/shop just outside Cranleigh. At this stage of his life that he had an accident and broke his jaw.  He was hospitalized for 10 days. Out of boredom he found a small segment of wax and carved his first animal, an otter.  This was cast into bronze by an engineering company who commissioned four other animals.  The techniques he learned from fine jewelry making enabled him to finish his sculpture with intricate detail and he is now a renowned jeweler and sculptor There are approximately 500 sculptures in his collection which can be seen in his shop, ranging in size from 1” to 20.”