I've always designed and made things, even at school. I studied design at Uni - specialising in metalwork, jewellery (big body artpieces) and furniture. I've stopped and started a few times over the years. But when I was busy with other projects I always really miss being creative. I started making beaded jewellery about 3 years ago, and just recently started silversmithing again. This time I don't plan to stop.
2. What do you sell in your etsy shop and how long has it been open?
I sell handmade jewellery using a mixture of metals including sterlingsilver, gemstones and Cornish sea glass that my family and I collect on our local beach at Marazon, opposite the famous and beautiful St Michael's Mount. I also sell beaded butterflies and flower jewellery,in which I use wonderful Japanese Seed Beads, gemstones and silver. My Etsy shop, Glasswing Designs, has been open since February this year.
3. What is your favourite item in your shop?
The Moonfly Necklace I think. I made one as a special order for acustomer, who chose the colours, and it came out so well I made another one.
4. What other craft would you like to try?
I've worked in quite a few crafts, including furniture(wood and steel), bookbinding, stained glass (copper foil and leadwork),and I was a 'journeyman' blacksmith for a couple of years, and love wrought iron work. I really like felted jewellery at the moment, and would like to give that a try, but really welding pieces of lovely steel togetherand bashing hot iron is still my passion, I'd love to start making larger scale metal pieces again. Now I am based in Cornwall, with a good size workspace, I plan to do this soon.
5. Do you have a blog or website?
Yes, my blog is http://www.allthingsglassandbeautiful.blogspot.com/ and my website is http://www.glasswingjewellery.com/.