Hello, I am Amanda, here is a little bit about me and my jewellery...
I grew up with creativity all around – as a child I lived in a craft
centre in a tiny little place called Staunton Harold in Leicestershire.
It was a beautiful place, in the grounds of an old stately home with
lots of lakes, woods and cows around. My parents were potters and
painters. There were also blacksmiths, violin and guitar makers, wood
turners, wool spinners, soft toy makers, artisan bakers in the craft
center - it was an inspiring place to live. I had always dabbled at
making clay animals to sell for pocket money in the pottery and at the
age of thirteen I had already started a little business making buttons
and beads out of polymer clay and taking them to sell around the shops
in Derby and Nottingham.
I always knew I'd have a career making 'things' and I chose to study
3D design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham. I became
completely enthralled by the sight, sound, smells and pure power of the
forge but fortunately they also did jewellery on the same course as I
soon discovered it was far too much hard work banging away at iron all
day long. I was much more suited to sitting down at the jewellery bench,
working on tiny, intricate pieces of precious metals. After graduating I
opted for a further one year’s residency at the Bishopsland Workshops
in Reading and then was fortunate to gain a place at the prestigious
Royal College of Art in London to undertake a Masters in Goldsmithing,
Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery.
I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998 and promptly set up
a workshop in Clerkenwell, London with the help from the Crafts Council
and the Prince’s Youth Business Trust. Since then I have been making
and developing my designs into jewellery collections that aim to satisfy
my thirst for experimentation and new concepts in jewellery
construction techniques in a style all of my own.
I now live in the beautiful Cathedral City of Lincoln with my husband
- a fellow designer who I met whilst studying at the Royal College and
our two gorgeous and cheeky little children. I have found that becoming a
mother has helped me to get a fresh perspective on my designing. Seeing
the world through the eyes of my children has ignited an interest in
fairytales, mystery and magic and developed a fascination of bugs and
flowers that might have previously gone unnoticed, all of which have
found their way into my designs over the recent years.I am very grateful
to all of my lovely customers and stockist who over the years have
enabled me to continue with a career that I love.