I have always loved beads and jewellery, and first started making jewellery when I was a child. I began lampworking in around 2009 with a beginner course with Ray Skene. I was instantly hooked - there is nothing as relaxing as melting glass!
I have since done courses with Dora Schubert - enamels and foils - at Plowden and Thompson in 2007, and a course on sandblasting and surface techniques with Julie-Ann Denton.
I began playing with silver metal clay at about the same time I began lampworking. I also took a course in Silversmithing at Gower College Swansea. After parting company with the computer industry in 2010, I had the opportunity to re-train, and took the Diploma course at Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery - and have not looked back!
I taught a number of courses in Metal Clay at Gower College Swansea, and since 2012 I have been teaching the Silversmithing course there. I love the possibilities of combining glass and silver and beautiful gemstones, and enjoy experimenting with different materials to make jewellery.
I am a qualified Adult Tutor, and hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Post Compulsory Education & Training.
I have been teaching the highly acclaimed Silversmithing course at Gower College Swansea since 2012
I hold the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery Diploma in Metal Clay, and Level 1 Art Clay Certification, and the Higher Diploma at MCSJ, including Level 2 Art Clay certification.
I have won a design prize with Beads and Beyond magazine, and First and second prize at the Royal Welsh Show jewellery competition.
I am a Self Representing Artist and a member of Glass Beadmakers UK.
I hold a City & Guilds certificate in Mixed Glass and OCN (Open College Network) qualifications in Silversmithing.
My Silversmithing students have designed an Eisteddfod Crown for the Young Farmers Association, and have won prizes at the Royal Welsh Show. A number are now making and selling silver jewellery, both online and in various outlets in South Wales.