I design and make bespoke and ethical jewellery, specialising in unusual wedding and engagement rings, from my little workshop halfway up the Malvern Hills.
I'm very proud to be an #SBS winner and very much look forward to meeting everyone at the event in Feb 2016.
I was born in Birmingham and graduated from the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2000 but the magic really began to happen in 2010 when I moved to the Malvern Hills! The wonderful and beautiful environment that I can see from my window is constantly changing with the seasons and is now the main influence on my designs.
However, my interest in all things arty started at a very early age, when even at primary school, I would often tell my teachers that I was going to be an artist when I grew up! I'm not sure they took me all that seriously at age 5 but I continued to follow this dream all the way through school, taking up residence in the art room and producing numerous drawings, paintings and three dimensional masterpieces!
At age 16, my parents took me to a careers fair, probably hoping that I'd see sense and choose a proper job, but here I discovered that I could study for a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing, and from this point on, I decided that this was going to be my chosen path.
On completion of my degree, I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and taught Art and Design & Technology full time for several years before finally making the decision to set up as a designer/maker in 2006.
My business has evolved naturally over the last few years, and following a couple of breaks to have babies, I now find myself becoming an established gold and silversmith, and am able to specialise in designing and making unique one-off pieces, mostly engagement and wedding rings.
My passion for nature and the environment is a constant influence on both my life and my business and wherever possible I work in recycled gold and silver, always using ethically sourced metals and stones. Everything I make is done so using traditional hand tools and techinques, and I'm always looking for new ways to keep my business as "green" as possible. Recently these have included switching to green energy and joining my local car share scheme.
• Not actually my tip but a very good one for other designer/makers....Spend time working out exactly who your customer is and make things that they will want to buy. It probably isn't yourself or your friends!