I mainly make silver jewellery, and much of it is inspired by the wonderful shapes and patterns that nature creates. I sometimes find natural pieces which I then have cast in sterling silver so that I can make them into jewellery pieces. Other pieces are made from scratch, beginning with silver sheet and wire and sawn, filed, hammered and soldered into pendants and earrings.
I play with wood and glass too, and I have lots of salvaged bits (of all sorts of things) waiting to become something.
My jewellery training is mainly from part time classes at Warwickshire College and Birmingham School of Jewellery. I still use the jewellery saw that I got in my teens, although at that stage I had no idea there was such a thing as a jewellery school.
I love to try different forms of making and I’ve also had a go at leaded stained glass, pottery, glass blowing, glass fusing, lamp-working, stone carving, and wood-turning, among other things, and I really fancy a go at blacksmithing.
I live in Rugby town centre with my husband and two young boys. In addition to Ditherella’s Workshop I have three lovely casual jobs, a messy house and, since autumn 2019, a little studio space outside of home.