I am a lampworker and silversmith living in Birmingham. I love beads and colour and my passion is designing and making lampwork glass beads and jewellery and so I set up ‘All About the Beads in 2009. Most of my pieces are one-of a-kind; my inspiration comes from the changing colour and beauty of the natural world around me as well as from the beads themselves. I love mixing my lampwork glass creations with natural gems and I choose the stones to compliment the beautiful, subtle colours in the glass.
I started making jewellery in 2006, creating pieces with tiny glass seed beads but I soon discovered the amazing world of artisan lampwork glass. Initially I worked with beads made by other lampwork artists, but encouraged by my lampworking friends, in 2015 I set up a torch and kiln in my garden studio and now make my own lampwork glass beads too.
I am mostly self-taught, but am ever grateful for the guidance and tuition I have had over the last few years from some of my experienced jeweller and glass artist friends. I am always looking to learn new skills and techniques which allow me to take my designs further. I make the majority of the silver components for my designs from scratch and my makers’ mark is registered with the Birmingham Assay Office, so my larger silver pieces are all hallmarked.
I have a passion for the materials I use in my work and use the best quality gemstone beads and pearls I can find. I am always looking to build up my knowledge of gemstones and make sure I do my research. I believe it is important for me as a designer to be confident of the quality and authenticity of the materials I use in my designs.
I want my jewellery to be worn by people who will love it as much as I enjoy making it and the personal connection with my customers is important to me. I love having the opportunity at events to talk to people about the glass and gemstones I use, and for them to see and try on the pieces in person. I have work in the Emporium gallery in Lichfield and am a member of Warwickshire Open Studios.