Based near the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in the Cambridgeshire fens, I create colourful and unique jewellery using glass beads and artisan-made ceramic or polymer clay components. I have been beading for about 10 years and am mostly self-taught.
I originally trained as a medical secretary (all that shorthand!) at a local further education college way back in the mid-1980s. A varied administrative career followed, including two spells at University of Cambridge colleges working in admissions, PA to an equine veterinary scientist and, most recently, working at a school for boys with special educational needs.
Having worked continuously for nearly 20 years, I came to motherhood later than some and had my first son in my very late 30s and my second son when I was in my early 40s – there are definitely pros and cons to being an “older mother”! The children are now 14 and 12, and enjoying life at secondary school.
With just 22 months between the boys and feeling particularly frazzled one day, I decided I needed to get out of the house, leave my husband in charge of two small children and have some “me” time! I enrolled in a one-day introductory course on jewellery-making at my local bead store. I came home refreshed and with a matching necklace and earrings set … needless to say, I was hooked and have not looked back since!
I sell my work at local craft events and on-line. Please pop over to my two shopfronts for a browse: The British Craft House and Folksy. Both of these sites sell uniquely British-made handcrafted items but ship worldwide!
When not making jewellery, I love drinking coffee and eating cake, gardening, walking and spending time with my family – not necessarily in that order!