Monday, 29 February 2016

25 Years of making....

February 28th 1991 was when I started my tiny jewellery business in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. rented a very small studio space on Warstone Lane which cost £17 a week! I was a recipient of the then Governments 'Enterprise Allowance Scheme' which gave support for the first 12 months to new businesses.  During the next few years I moved around the Quarter a few times usually sharing a studio with another maker - for most of the time that was friend Penny Williams who still has a workshop in Hockley.

We used to exhibit at trade fairs together such as the Spring Fair at the NEC & British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.
I still show with Penny at Worcestershire Guild events usually the Malvern Spring & Autumn Garden Shows.
Malvern Spring Garden Show display
Businesses in the Jewellery quarter are still my suppliers for much of my materials: casting, etching, bullion & base metals all come from companies I have used since I first started out. Thankfully most things are easy enough to post now I am down in Cornwall!

Some of my early jewellery designs are still popular...

My business has changed a little since the early beginnings.  I now have my own retail outlet & sell most of my work from there or via craft shows.  I do still supply selected gallery outlets around the UK. I am a member of the Guild of Ten in Truro & the Cornwall Crafts Association.  My husband Tim is now fully involved too - running the gallery in St Ives which allows me to get on with the making side of things!
The Drill Hall on Chapel Street, St Ives

So what next...? Well I fully intend to continue for quite a few more years yet!! I now have a nice tidy more spacious studio space from which I plan to offer small workshops in metalwork & jewellery techniques (details to follow very soon...)
This year I already have several events booked including the Malvern Spring Garden, Cornwall Open Studios & the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey.
New ideas for work are never in short supply just the time to do them all!!!

Finally a big thank you to all those customers over the years who have supported me by purchasing my work & offering encouragement.


Sally MacCabe said...

What a lovely blog entry... Onwards and upwards my clever, gifted and hardworking friend x

Kathryn Loveluck said...

You don't look old enough!!! I remember the Enterprise Allowance Scheme!!!

Marianne said...

You don't look old enough to have been working this long. It's not just policemen who get younger then. Lol. Congratulations anyway.