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Updated: Aug 19, 2018

Welcome to my first blog post. I thought I’d take the opportunity here to introduce myself and explain how this business came into being!

My name is Catherine - please excuse the photo; I am well known for camera dodging! I grew up in Leicestershire and lived oop north for a good few years before settling in Devon. I’ve had a large variety of jobs, including in care, working in a plant nursery, in a library service, in a school and a university and in several councils - but my passion has always been exploring the past and I now mainly work as an archaeologist, with a particular interest in buildings.

So why jewellery? Well, I’ve never been very good at turning my brain off. When I was shortly out of University and hadn’t found the job I was really after, I’d come home and try and learn something useful in the evenings to cheer myself up. One such thing was learning to cook properly and I used to find it a great balm to get home and, erm... hack at things with a sharp knife. Or cook an enormous sponge. It wasn’t especially great for my waistline but at least I felt my days were constructive. I also used to bury myself in books, not that that’s unusual for me! 

Even when i got where I wanted to be with my career, I still craved variety . Then I went on a friend’s hen night and her afternoon activity was making a pair of earrings (see pic). Well, to say I was fascinated was an understatement. I’m one of those people who can’t wear base metals, such as brass, and most earrings you get in high street shops - you know the ones; big, dressy, bright, fun - are silver or gold plated onto brass. I always longed for a pair but could never find what I was after - or that I could wear! So when I learned the secret of making them myself... that was it. I got a bit over excited and ended up with lots of earrings and necklaces and my husband was supportive but, well... so my first business venture started in Leicester. I really enjoyed attending craft fairs and chatting to people about what I had to sell; each piece I make is because I want to explore a technique or want to see how well a material looks in a certain style or combined with something else. It speaks to my creative side and I find it intensely relaxing and joyful to make something new.

Various delays occurred - a new job, moving to Devon, having two children - and so the business took a pause, but now seems a good time to begin anew. I hope you like what you see!

IMPORTANT NOTE: All views expressed on my website are my own and in no way reflect those of my employer. 

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