How us it ‘that time if year’ again already?

Wow, it’s December 2017 on Friday. I simply don’t know where this year has vanished. My life seems to be steered by work and life, and trying to keep both on an even keel. 

Thankfully, the boys are very good at looking after themselves, and Big G, aka Granny keeps an eye out and helps with lifts when I simply can’t be in two places at once. 

Chaos reins at this time of year in my studio, it’s never orderly, but it really does get in to one big mess as I try to keep on top of all the orders and commissions.

This time of year the exhibitions and sales seem to be all or nothing, next week I’m taking part in three different events, all helping to celebrate buying local, supporting small businesses, and opting to buy hand made unique gifts for Christmas. 

We don’t need to buy oodles of plastic, electronic or designer gear. Why not give your loved one a gift that no one else in the whole wide world has. All the while know that you are supporting a local business. That business is probably run buy someone who loves what they do, they love to create, it’s what they do best. However, the only way they can make that lifestyle choice work is if they actually sell their work. Artists and makers are very privileged to be able to earn a crust creating, but it’s tough. You have to be a Jack of all trades, and on a steep learning curve. Being a sales person, a business manager, a procurement officer and a creator all at once.

Just think though you are purchasing a one off gift, quite often for a very small price. You are saving resources, buying original designs and getting something really special.

I do hope to see you at one of my last events of this year. 

On reflection it’s been great for me, with so many new designs and potential new clients. I’m really looking forward to next year, and seeing where it takes me!

Happy New Year!

Well, what a year 2016 was. High impacting stories all over, from the start to the finish of the year. It’s easy to remain in a bubble and just put your head down. However, something’s just can’t be ignored. When anything happens which creates unrest in the world it actually has a financial impact on creators of jewellery. Precious metal prices fluctuate with the ‘markets’ and this changes the price of the metal I buy. The exchange rate affects the cost of the stones and beads I buy too. All the while I keep an eye on it and try to maintain my prices for my customers!

This Christmas Season was great. It’s so lovely to know that people appreciate my work enough to spend their hard earned money on it!

I’m hoping like the rest of the world that 2017 will be a more straight forward year, but who am I kidding?

I’m going to create a whole new range of jewellery, I’ve been promising myself for over a year now. Things just keep getting in the way. The kids go back to school tomorrow so no excuses not to put things into action.

Tools of the trade  

Inspiration comes from so many avenues. Here are some of mine.

 I’m always trying to think of the best way to replicate these stunning forms in metal.
Watch this space for new pieces coming soon!

It’s that Open House time of year!

May is the start of the Open House season.

I have been taking part in Open houses for around 15years. I been lucky to take part in several venues within the Artists Open House group in Fiveways. Fiveways Artist group was were it all started over 30 years ago.

This year I also took part in an exhibition called ‘Breaking the Rules’ which was at the Jointure Studio in Ditchling. An historically artist community!

It is the ninth year that an art trail has taken place in Steyning. I organised the Art Trail as part of the Steyning Festival. As the festival went to a biannual event, I stepped down from this role. Steyning Arts was formed. Several years ago I joined the organising committee. I am now current Chair, and along side a committee of eight other we organise various community arts events. Our role as a society is a combination of supporting fellow artists providing them with facilities to exhibit and hopefully sell their work. Also enabling the public to gain easy access to the visual arts 
I always views these events as potential selling times, but more importantly a time to meet your public, and spread the word about your work. Display standards must be maintained. 


June heralds the start of open garden season. I will be taking part in Henfield Garden and Arts, West Sussex.

Also in July I will be at Parham House and Gardens, near Storrington, West Sussex, for their Garden weekend.

See you somewhere soon!

Spring is here!

Easter Holidays and I’m taking a break. Next holidays will not be until August. Brighton Open Houses, Steyning Arts ‘Just Off the High Street’ and Henfield Garden & Arts plus the Society of Botanical Artists means that I’ll have a busy summer.

I’ve been busy recently getting orders and stock ready. I have recently purchased lots of lovely pearls.

  Beautiful pearls.


Already to thread!


Lace imprinted bead close up of texture.


The Society of Botanical Artists annual exhibition in London. 

Paddling against the tide

I view winter as a season to just get through! It’s a time for design and making ready for the spring.
Sales this year have followed a similar pattern, January and February are usually quiet with a few nice surprises along the way.

We haven’t had any snow here, which has disappointed the kids. I’m a fan if you have nothing better to do!
For the last few weeks I have been paddling against a tide of jobs to do. These have taken me away from my bench. I’m funding coordinator for my son’s gymnastics club. I love doing what I can to help out, however I feel pulled as I can’t always help as much as I’d like. We are currently raising money for equipment. 

I’m also the new Chair of Steyning Arts, a local group that is a cooperative of local artists and makers.
My mojo was in full flow last week and I had a proper session in the studio concentrating on statement rings.





It’s nearly ‘that’ time of year!

Every professional artist maker is hectic this time of year, making up orders or getting stock ready for sales, I’m no different.
The only problem for me is that my kids lives seem to go on extra busy too! So I become the juggler.

I’m currently getting all the stock sorted for:


And also Steyning Arts at Christmas


Getting ready for Christmas means that my stock design turns to making gifts, these do tend to be smaller pieces which are slightly more affordable and so slightly more available.

This year I am concentrating on helping raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of Jane. She was one of my students who battled with cancer for many years but lost that fight this summer.











I do love this time of year as I get to meet all my customers, who I may only see once a year. It’s fun to catch up! I enjoy making jewellery that I know is appreciated by others and bought with love!

If you would like to come an visit my studio please do get in touch.

Have a lovely festive season.

Artist’s Open Houses

The phenomenon of Artist’s opening their houses to the public is now international.

The foundations of the Brighton Art scene, and open houses and studios was based on an idea by Ned Hoskins in the 80s.

It’s now made up of several groups covering Brighton & Hove and many outlying towns. My weekends are taken over by exhibiting at Open Houses for most of the early summer.

I started preparations in January, then finish everything off in late April. This year I’ve taken part in two Brighton Open Houses.







I am also a member of the Steyning Arts committe, we organise an art trail in Steyning every year.
This was a success this year, however we are always looking for ways to make it even better. Tweaking and refining so all the artist who take part get as many visitors and sales as possible. This is the fourth year we have held this event, people come from all over Sussex to visit. The Steyning Arts committee are organising various event to take the group out and about. We’ll be holding an exhibition at Arundel Museum in September. We are looking to take our group out to a much wider audience. Any suggestions great fully received. Part of our activities are to promote Steyning, and it’s talented artists. We are always looking for financial support to allow us to do that. Fundraising for new display equipment, lighting, promotional equipment and advertising.










This weekend is the turn of the Henfield Garden and Arts. This is a lovely was to enjoy artwork and crafts in the gorgeous settings of wonderful gardens and homes of the village of Henfield.









I love taking part in open houses, it’s a fabulous chance to get to meet your customers. After so many years the same customers come back year after year. It’s also a way of connecting with other makers and artists, sharing experiences and learning you aren’t the only one who is slogging away in a studio! We share bad experiences and good, and become part of a larger community. It can be lonely working alone all day!