Jewellery News & Articles

11 02, 2017

Why jewellery commissions are increasing

2017-02-11T18:15:18+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Commissions|

Changing tastes There is definitely a move towards custom jewellery. I've noticed it over the years. My split of stock versus bespoke work has shifted each year  in favour of customised designs. So why is there a shift? The search for individuality The high availability of mass produced means buyers can quickly have exactly the [...]

30 01, 2017

Keum-Boo Jewellery Workshop

2017-02-11T17:17:17+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Workshops|

The Keum-Boo workshop, held at The Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), was a great finish to January. The course covered the Keum-Boo technique - a stunningly simple, yet incredibly effective addition to any jewellery maker's repertoire. The workshop focused on: Preparing your silver Applying the 24kt gold foil Use of colouring agents [...]

2 11, 2016

Magical Cumbria

2017-01-20T11:07:39+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Events|

With Winter finally upon us, Cumbria has a definite chill to it. The blaze of colour in the trees that ranged from greens, yellows, oranges and reds has now given way to what look like buds. At this time of the year, the sunsets seem to step up their efforts and [...]

6 09, 2016

Westmorland County Show 2016

2016-10-13T18:43:52+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Events|

The shop was closed while at Westmorland County Show The weather turned out to be wetter than predicted earlier in the week and downpours soon had the mud appearing. Fortunately, Westmorland Show grounds have spent a huge amount of money and effort on hard track roads so getting around was still reasonable. This is [...]

5 09, 2016

Student workshop mishaps

2016-10-13T18:43:52+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Workshops|

It doesn't always go to plan! I always strive to ensure that students attending my jewellery workshops create successful pieces. Sometimes this doesn't happen. After all, this is a learning environment and failures are part of that journey. Here is a Mayan pendant cast by one of my students during a jewellery workshop. The [...]

26 07, 2016

Dragonfly pendant series

2016-10-19T23:05:41+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Commissions, Latest commission|

I've just recently finished a sterling silver dragonfly pendant set for a South African member of the family, Margie. All my commissions are special but this one more so. The commission was part of a celebration of 8 couples celebrating being married 50 years or longer, and her son was renewing his wedding vows on [...]