Murag (also known as Elemental Collection) is a small artisan design studio created by Jen Devery. We are based on the banks of a sea loch near Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, at the foot of the Highlands of Scotland. Murag is gaelic for 'flotsam and jetsam' and whilst we were originally called ourselves the Elemental Collection, we feel that Murag (pronounced "Muirack") is perfect for us so we are in the process of rebranding the studio!
One day; needing to nurture her ever demanding creative streak, whilst spending an afternoon down cleaning the beach near her house Jen found some pieces of seaglass and sea pottery. Seeming as though having this beautiful bounty virtually on her doorstep was too good to be true, Jen felt that she must do something with them and started learning about making jewellery with the pieces she found. Whilst the seaglass was so perfect in it's natural state she didn't want to drill the glass or pottery but struggled to find ways to turn them into pieces of jewellery without doing so. After many hours of studying she came across a process called electroforming. This is typically used by designers to attach rings or hooks to large ornate crystals to allow them to hang from chains as pendants. Jen saw she could use this process to make the glass be hung from chains without having to drill them. But the more she studied the art the more she realised that electroforming could be used for so much more. Again one day whilst on the beach she realised that the flotsam and jetsam left on the beach contained seeds, leaves and seaweed and wondered if they could be electroformed too. After much studying and alot of trial and error the Elemental Collection was set up to showcase the seaglass, sea pottery and the natural electroformed items that Jen finds.
We hope that you love the jewellery as much as we do. Everything is found locally, either on the beaches of the local sea lochs or in the woods and countryside around us in Argyll & Bute. Everything is environmentally friendly and when we're down on the beach looking for seaglass or pottery we always make sure we do a bit of a beach clean at the same time. Whilst it is illegal to take stones or pebbles from beaches, seaglass and pottery are classed as industrial pollution and can be collected without a problem. Shells can also be taken and we do take the odd one here and there but we are very respectful of the environment and are careful that we only take what we need an in limited quantities.
So thank you for visiting our site and please get in touch if you'd like to know more. We can offer commissions to turn your special seaglass or seapottery into a unique gift for you so please use our Contact Us page to discuss any requirements.