My journey into jewellery making didn’t start until I was in my mid-thirties.
I’ve always loved making things but didn’t get the opportunity to study Art, and it wasn’t until many years later that I signed up for an evening class in Sculpture. The class was cancelled, and I was offered Jewellery Making instead. From the first class I was immediately hooked and fascinated with the metal, tools, procedures and endless skills to be learned.
With my newly found passion, I was on a mission. I attended every class that I could and secured a place in a wonderful, traditional Hatton Garden workshop specialising in bespoke jewellery. I stayed there for seven years, learning many aspects of the jewellery industry.
In 2006 I set up my own workshop and started building my collections of nature inspired jewellery. I like to make small, detailed pieces with curves and texture, often incorporating found items such as twigs and acorns from my woodland walks, and little crabs and shells from my beach combing walks. I like the idea of preserving the details of these found treasures forever in precious metal which can be worn close to us in the form of jewellery.
In 2009 I became of a member of The Sussex Guild which I felt was huge achievement because the quality of their members’ work is so high. I was very flattered to be accepted and enjoy taking part in their shows.
I specialise in rings so I’m currently exploring and learning new stone setting techniques, a huge area which should keep me busy for a long time! I’m also experimenting with wax carving and continuing to develop my rustic, nature-inspired ring collection.
I work everyday on my online orders and commissions, selling my work through Etsy, my own website and Not on the High Street. And every year I attend one or two shows with the Sussex Guild.
I consider that I am very lucky to be doing what I love. And it’s good to have accolades for all the hard work – for the last few years I have been picked out and named by Elle Magazine as one of the top 10 wedding ring and engagement ring designers on Etsy – very satisfying!