My husband had bought me a voucher for this workshop as a birthday gift and I wasn't quite sure what to expect having never been to one before, or even ever considered someone like me would be able to make jewellery! I couldn't have been more wrong! Lindsey talked us through some items made by previous participants, and what we might be able to achieve in the time we were allocated for the day, and asked us if we had any ideas/designs in mind and then we went from there. Did I feel apprehensive and have a shaky hand when sawing my first piece of silver, or soldering for the first time? You bet I did! but Lindsey guided us every step of the way through the various processes to achieve what we hoped we had in our minds. By lunchtime I was delighted to have made my first ever ring! During the making of my second ring design I felt at ease with the process and tried out new techniques. At the end of the session I had made two rings, and exceeded all my expectations. All that was left was to pay a very reasonable price for the silver by its weight. I have new found admiration for small businesses making their jewellery in this way as there is so much more to the process and skills than you can imagine. This is a fantastic experience and I can now see why on so many reviews people wish to return...in fact I will be one of them.... Thank you so much Lindsey!
With the forthcoming opening of my new premises in Brabster Street, Thurso, where I will now be stocking the work of local makers and artists, I thought it a good idea to write about the ethos of my business. I have worked as a studio jeweller for 20 years and still find it difficult pricing my work correctly, thankfully I am very comfortable justifying the costs of others work to customers. Here I'd like to talk about it a bit more.