My jewellery-making journey began way back when I first started wearing earrings. I wanted to wear something different and be able to create my own bespoke pieces. Over the years, my ability and knowledge have developed. I’m mainly self-taught, but also added to my skills by studying silversmithing part-time at college for 5 years.
History, design, art, glass making, crafts and photography are some of my other interests. I studied design at college and worked as a designer for 8 years before moving into teaching.
In 2005, I began teaching jewellery making classes in adult education colleges, community and gallery workshops, as well as organising and running my own bebeady classes at venues across Lancashire. My teaching helped me to further develop my own jewellery making knowledge and skills.
I love teaching and have enjoyed sharing some of my designs, skills and tips with my students, but it meant I wasn’t able to devote much time to my own jewellery making. Over the last few years, I’ve moved into my own studio-workshop, further developed my own unique style of sculptural wire and glass work and gradually reduced my teaching.
All the different skills (design, photography, photo-editing, jewellery making, glass fusing, teaching, organising, touch-typing etc) that I’ve learnt over the years now come in very handy for my work as a jewellery designer-maker.
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Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x