My Grandfather worked as a silver chaser in Sheffield before the First World War, so perhaps metal work is in my blood. After leaving school in 1972, I began my training, learning the skills of a goldsmith in a design studio. I then started a business supplying outlets with stock, but my passion was for undertaking private commissions and working one to one with people.
Once I met Carrie, who agreed to marry me after a whirlwind romance, we knew we wanted to set up a venture as a partnership. We left Yorkshire, and started a new life together in the Cotswold market town of Tetbury in 1981, opening our own shop designing and making jewellery.
Running my own shop gave me the opportunity to follow my passion: working with my hands, and allowing an original creation to develop from unformed metal. I love to experiment with textures, using contrasting effects to create a unique piece of jewellery.
One of the joys of my job is seeing a customer’s reaction when they wear their jewellery for the first time. Knowing that what I make will stand the test of time, maybe being passed through generations, is an honour. It’s always gratifying when someone returns with a piece I had made years before. It’s like meeting an old friend. We make sure to give it a clean up and get it looking like new. All part of the service!