Hi there! Welcome to my first blog post. I have wanted to start have a place to publish my writing on for a long time, and I am so happy I have finally taken the leap. I think a blog is a fantastic way to get to know someone better, beyond the squares of social media. I want to make this a space where I share some of my experiences as a small business, look back on some exciting events, give you some tips for taking care of your jewellery, and give you a glimpse of the things that inspire me. I’m hoping to publish a blog post around once a month, but just as with my newsletter (which you can sign up to here if you aren’t yet and would like to receive latest news and exclusive discounts), I will share naturally when I feel I have something interesting or valuable to say.
I thought I would make my first post a little introduction of me and my business journey. My interest in jewellery began in high school, when I used to make little wearable sculptures using PVA glue, sequins and colourful beads. Not much has changed since then, except maybe I have a more sophisticated taste in materials! This early interest led me to study Silversmithing & Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art, from where I graduated in 2017. I set up my jewellery business straight after finishing art school, and it has been much more challenging than I ever expected, but also a lot more rewarding. One of the absolute joys of having an independent business is getting to connect with a lot of fantastic people – fellow makers, show organisers, gallery curators, and of course my lovely customers. I also love being my own boss, setting my own schedule and doing what I love almost every day.
This year, as well as working really hard on my business, I am trying to find a better balance, as in my first year of business I didn't really stop even for a second and completely burnt myself out by the time Christmas came around. I can’t say I regret it, as working that hard meant I hit the ground running and it generated so many opportunities for me to showcase my work. But I also realise now that days off and a little self-care are a vital part of self-employed life, not just a luxury. I am much more passionate about the jewellery I make when I take some time to do other things that I love too.
After a quieter start to the year, it’s now starting to get quite busy and I have a lot of exciting exhibitions and shows coming up in the second half of the year, so stay tuned!