Two of us have joined forces to open The Jewellery Maker, where we believe in a strong sense of community and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, which will nurture people’s creativity. The workshop will provide the tools and equipment to help make this creativity come to life, through design and knowledge. Come and join us and meet new people, make friends and become part of The Jewellery Maker.
I live in Carnforth with my two children. I’ve been designing and creating jewellery for over 14 years and trained at the Adult College in Lancaster for many years. I take most of my inspiration for my own pieces from ancient Celtic designs.
I think my love for making jewellery must have started when I used to help my Dad build model steam engines in his workshop as a child. I enjoyed working with metal so much that in later years, when my own daughter was two years old, I got the chance to enrol at the College.
This was the start of a journey that has now allowed me to begin this venture with my business partner, providing workshop facilities for other jewellers.
I am looking forward to passing on some of my enthusiasm to you, and hope to provide a happy and friendly atmosphere to work in.
I moved to Lancaster in 1992 to complete a Maths degree at Lancaster University. After graduating in 1994 I worked for Prospero Direct in their Marketing Department until having my youngest daughter. I wanted to run my own business and decided to set up an ironing company, Ion, in 2005 becoming my own boss for the first time.
In 2007 I wanted to begin something new and so started jewellery making at night school 1 evening a week. I like to create my own things but I’ve yet to find a particular style!
I have always loved jewellery and was fasinated with the way jewellery was made, I enjoyed it so much I wanted to start a business running classes and workshops; in my dreams! A couple of years later I heard the premises next door to Ion would soon be available to let. I was amazed to find that Janet, who was moving out of the unit, made silver jewellery and wanted to run classes and workshops too! And so The Jewelley Maker began. It must be fate!