Visiting Bovey

Just had a lovely day in Bovey Tracey at the Craft Festival. Good to see fellow Designer Jewellers Group​ members Henrietta Fernandez and Ulli Kaiser exhibiting, and Kelly Munro, one of our New Designers from a couple of years back. All their stands looked great.

I couldn’t resist buying some formica and silver earrings from Emily Kidson, and a painting by textile artist Dionne Swift, and so have come home very happy!

It was also good to see an exhibition of Jan Truman‘s sculptural textile pieces in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Gallery, just round the corner in Bovey Tracey town. I’m very familiar with Jan’s stunning jewellery, which I’ve sold so much of at the Barbican, but this was on a completely different scale!

A bit of a buswoman’s holiday, but most enjoyable!

The Craft Festival is on for the rest of the weekend, and has recently (deservedly) won Devon’s tourism event of the year, so do get along there if you can!

PS Thanks to Dionne for the image of her painting which I swiped from her website: I’m sure her photo is much better than mine.


Just Wood II at Craft in the Bay

E-invite Just Wood II image

This week I’ve sent a rather large package of my jewellery off to Craft in the Bay, the gallery run by the makers guild in Wales. To my delight, they invited me to exhibit as part of their second ‘Just Wood’ exhibition.

Just Wood II

Quite an honour, given the line-up of makers, who include Peter Archer, maker of the beautiful wooden bowl (above) used on the posters.

The show runs until 11th May 2014, and I’m sure will be well worth visiting.

Made London

Full steam ahead now getting ready for ‘Made London – the design and craft fair’. This is a fairly new show. It ran for the first time last year, and in the absence of Origin, has quickly become a major player in the craft fair circuit.


Open from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October, with a preview evening on Thursday 24th, this promises to be a great event.

Sir John Soane Church

The venue is the stunning Sir John Soane Church, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.


I’m exhibiting as part of the Designer Jewellers Group, and our stand is in the Crypt: very atmospheric!

Tickets are £10 on the door, £8.50 if you buy in advance, or if you click here you can get 2 for the price of one. I also have just one free ticket (admits two people) that I will mail to the first person who emails me! It is for admission only on either the preview evening (Thursday 24th, 18.00 – 20.30) or on Friday 25th (11am – 8pm).

Great craft at the Great Northern

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last weekend – not only did I make some good sales, I also found some wonderful things there to buy, and shopping always makes me happy!

Dove Street Pottery Dove Street Pottery

OK, I confess that most of it was ‘window shopping’, but I couldn’t resist buying a fruit bowl from Dove Street Pottery. You can see even with just this handful of tomatoes and a couple of lemons that the glaze is perfect for displaying fruit.


My stand was next door to Andrea’s ‘&made‘ stand: beautiful textiles. I love the colours she uses, and those cushions are on my wish list.

Amy Lawrence

Jewellery is always hard to photograph for blog posts as it’s usually so small, but Amy Lawrence had a great wall display of her bold yet detailed textile neckpieces.

Maike Browning Maike Browning

I loved Maike Browning‘s display too. She’d displayed a selection of tools as well as her intricate jewellery. A terrific idea.


These vibrant glass vessels by CatMackGlass were real attention grabbers too.

Katharina Klug

Being a line-lover I was drawn to these beautiful ceramic vessels by Katharina Klug. The coloured interiors are a lovely touch.

Treefall Design

One thing that always fascinates me about shows is the whole process of set up, and how some makers really do transform their stands. It’s just like watching one of those home transformation programmes, except there’s 160 or so of them going on at the same time! Treefall Design had a particularly well dressed stand, just like a little room, and full of lovely wares too.

Lucy Anne Harding

I was also fascinated by Lucy Anne Harding‘s stand, and her work. Taking her inspiration from the milk round that she and her family have been doing for generations, she has developed a whole collection to display her fun, whimsical graphics. Just lovely. I was drawn back repeatedly to look again.

Anne Laycock

Anne Laycock‘s bold ceramic and rubber jewellery was really strong too. Those neckpieces would be perfect against a simple black dress: real statement pieces.

Robert Ingham

I also really liked these clocks by Robert Ingham. Very simple, elegant, contemporary.

Sarah Hutchison's silver vessels

And talking of elegance, Sarah Hutchison‘s fine silver bowls are just gorgeous.


Finally, here’s a quick snap of me at my stand, talking with one of the many, many lovely visitors we had over the weekend.

Oriel Davies Gallery

So pleased to have my jewellery featuring as part of the new Contemporary Craft Showcase in the Oriel Davies Gallery shop in Powys, Wales. 


The collection will be opening alongside the main exhibition launch this Saturday, 15th Sept, 5-8pm.

Will be well worth a visit to see (and buy) beautiful handmade jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and other crafts from Wales and the UK.

Been busy…

I had an extremely busy April and May, because on the same day that my solo show opened I went to collect my first ever puppy, Jack. Well to be honest he’s not really my puppy, he belongs to a charity called Canine Partners, which provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities: I’ll be his puppy parent for the next year or so. It’s my job to socialise him and get him ready for advanced training.


This was Jack very soon after we got him. Very timid: creeping out gingerly from under my jacket, which was hanging on the back of a chair. Tiny – just 7 weeks old – and extremely cute.

Well of course since then my life has been entirely different. As Heather, our Somerset regional trainer says: ‘He’s a baby! A baby puppy!’ I remember nodding wisely as very pregnant new allotmenteers arrived at the allotment site, convinced that they’d have a lovely time growing vegetables whilst their baby slept blissfully in the shade of the shed. It never happened: they always disappeared when the reality of motherhood struck.

Well I haven’t completely stopped all normal activities, but my jewellery making has definitely been curtailed since Jack’s arrival. Of course he does sleep a lot, but then I have to rush around madly trying to fit in all those other things that you can’t do with a puppy in your arms or under your feet.

So, what I really need to say – is that this being June and a very busy month in the world of jewellery – I have just about managed to post work off to two more galleries for their summer shows, and to set up in the Barbican for the Designer Jewellers Group summer show, and next week we’re off to Bovey Tracey in Devon for the Contemporary Craft Festival. Please do check these events out if you’re anywhere near London, Devon, the Isle of Wight, or Hebden Bridge. More details below. And soon, I promise, more about the lovely Jack!



On now:


Designer Jewellers Group @ The Barbican Arts Centre, London, EC2 midday – 8pm, every day until 21st June.



Atelier Jewellers, 66 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Summer show on now until October.

And coming soon:


Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, 4a Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA. 10th June – 2nd October.



The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon, 15th – 17th June.