My Journey in Jewellery Making: From Evening Classes to Entrepreneurship
Hello, lovely readers! Today, I want to take you on a journey down memory lane, back to where it all began - my story of how I ventured into the world of jewellery making. It's a tale of passion, perseverance, and a touch of serendipity.
My jewellery-making journey ignited during a time when I wasn't exactly aiming for a career in the arts. In fact, I was set on a completely different path - midwifery. Life has a funny way of nudging us toward our true calling. For me, it all started with evening classes in the enchanting city of Oxford.
In my second term of evening classes, my tutor handed me two application forms. Each represented a potential path, a fork in the road. One was for the prestigious Birmingham Jewellery School, and the other for the Sir John Cass Department of Art & Design.
Fate had a plan, and it led me to Sir John Cass. My acceptance into the program was based on the skills I'd diligently cultivated during those evening classes. So, there I was, venturing into the world of jewelry, led by an unconventional educational background.
University life at Sir John Cass was far from conventional. No late morning lectures or lazy afternoons here. I was in for an early start at 8:30 AM, four days a week. The day didn't end until 5 PM, followed by additional optional classes that stretched into the evening, sometimes until 7:30 or 8 PM. I embraced every opportunity, taking on every class and add-on available. The result was a classical training that laid the foundation for my future in jewelry.
After leaving university, I sought to further refine my skills. I joined JASSO, a pivotal move that allowed me to continue honing my craft while navigating the challenging journey of finding employment in the jewellery trade. My path took me through diverse experiences - from working in a large repairs studio to collaborating with award-winning jewelry designers. I even had the privilege of teaching alongside a master jeweller.
Today, my journey spans over two decades, a journey filled with challenges and rewards. Each step has contributed to the artist and jeweller I am today. The process has been a testament to my love for crafting jewellery, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm grateful for every twist and turn that has led me to this point in my creative journey. Thank you for being a part of my story, and I look forward to crafting more beautiful tales with you.
Stay tuned for more jewellery-making adventures, and if you have any questions or stories of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below.
Until next time, my dear readers, take care and keep shining! xx