Graduating on Friday marked the end of a chapter. 1 year as a jewellery apprentice at Koa Jewellery and 3 as an undergraduate studying BA Silversmithing and Jewellery at Truro College. It’s been an enjoyable journey, one where creativity was the focus and new friendships were made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am left feeling incredibly lucky. The opportunity to study in the beautiful county that I call home. Being able to study surrounded by my amazing support system of childhood friends, family and my partner in crime, Bryn. This all made the last 3 years so much easier. Studying so close to home allowed me to immerse myself in the creative process, without the distraction of being home sick. Has this shaped my practice? Maybe. But if so, it makes my work all the more personal to me. Each vessel marked with the love and support I receive every day from the great people I share my life with.

 

 

This journey and degree have not only given me the skills to succeed in the future. It has also given me another beautiful person to share new adventures with, my silversmithing sister, Sarah Shelton-Palmer. Without her the last 3 years would have been difficult. She has inspired me, built me up when things got tough, and created an atmosphere in the workshop that made it feel like a second home.

 

 

Being able to graduate with all these amazing people made the evening so special. So, thank you to the brilliant lecturers that taught us everything we know. To the silversmithing and jewellery family at Truro College, current and graduates. And to all the amazing people in my life, you made this journey a successful one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading,

H

Creating a useful space.

 

Creating a useful space is essential for all makers. For years I had been creating in the corner of my parent’s garage amongst; building supplies, paint pots, spiders, dust and water leaks throughout winter. Creating a useful space, to grow as a designer, meant a move to the stable block at the top of the garden.

 

Creating a useful space.

CHANGING SPACES.

Moving house and starting the final year of university meant that my workshop was chucked together. Painting the walls white was my attempt to add more light. Hoovering the array of spiders and webs hiding in the rafters made the space more comfortable to work in. I had the basics, a sink, workbench, a tiny bit of storage and my tools. The change was positive, although unfinished, I had my own space to create freely in.

With the winter months and deadlines of final year drawing in, the workshop took a back seat. I was creating more at uni, enjoying the warmth of their workshops, although more spacious, this is something mine lacked. Reality hit me when I graduated in June, I no longer had the comfort blanket of Uni’s workshops. I was finally on my own after 4 years of facilities and support.

So what did I do? I set about creating a useful space that was a little bit more useful. I needed a space that was more inspiring, more comfortable, more practical and less like a stable block.

 

 

A MUCH NEEDED UPGRADE.

With an idea in mind, Mum and I took a trip to Ikea. Buying 3 Laiva bookcases, a clock, 2 plants and a selection of storage boxes, I was motivated. I assembled the bookcases, adding the back sections to the top 2 shelves, this created a wall that split the stable block in half. Constructing it in this way, gave me 9 shelves facing the workshop and 6 shelves behind.

Having no ceiling in the stables meant that spiders webs were in sight, and various dust and dirt was continuously falling onto my work surfaces. With limited funds, and knowing the space was only mine for another 2 years, I set about creating a make-shift temporary ceiling. Using cardboard delivery boxes I had collected from my part-time job, I taped and stapled the new ceiling to the rafters.

 

 

With that done I moved everything in, adding the personal touches such as a rug to add a little more warmth under foot, a clock and plants.  After all, plants did inspire my Tevi and Deveri Pots! The workshop is now more inspiring and cosy than before, a space where I can do what makes me truly happy… make!

 

Thanks for reading,
H