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Hi my name is Christina.
I have worked as a jeweller all my life. I was floating around in the 6th form at school wondering what I was going to do in life when one day visiting and art gallery I saw a glass cabinet with 'designer art' jewellery in it. Like a bolt from the blue I pointed to the cabinet and said "THATS what I want to do!" I left school a couple of months later and started at the local art college at Wallacey on the Wirral, where I trained for two years. During that time my enthusiasm for learning the skill drove me in my holidays to a local jewellery repair workshop where I persuaded them to teach me the trade. I had the best of both worlds - the art and the real world.
Following on from my first college I progressed to The North Wales Institute of Art and Design where I did a further two year H.N.D., all the time still developing my skills with the high street jeweller. When I left college I worked for a time…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 12
  • Joined January 2, 2011

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gold, silver, gemstones, platinum, dichroic glass, art glass, amber, prosthetic eye balls, fossils, water worn glass, rocks, broken old pottery found in rivers and fields, wood

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About

Hi my name is Christina.
I have worked as a jeweller all my life. I was floating around in the 6th form at school wondering what I was going to do in life when one day visiting and art gallery I saw a glass cabinet with 'designer art' jewellery in it. Like a bolt from the blue I pointed to the cabinet and said "THATS what I want to do!" I left school a couple of months later and started at the local art college at Wallacey on the Wirral, where I trained for two years. During that time my enthusiasm for learning the skill drove me in my holidays to a local jewellery repair workshop where I persuaded them to teach me the trade. I had the best of both worlds - the art and the real world.
Following on from my first college I progressed to The North Wales Institute of Art and Design where I did a further two year H.N.D., all the time still developing my skills with the high street jeweller. When I left college I worked for a time with various jobbing jewellers in Chester. At this time I also studied gemmology and gained an F.G.A. (Fellowship of the gemmological association of Great Britain) before opening my own shop at a craft center, near Wrexham North Wales and later a second shop in Llangollen North Wales.
During my time as a shop owner I found it difficult to progress forward with my own work, I was distracted by the ease of just buying and selling mass made jewellery and found it difficult to be creative when I had a box full of repairs and commissions I diddnt really want to do. Much time was wasted.
I closed my shop at the end of December 2005 to take time out to have my now five and a half year old daughter, vowing never to go back to a shop situation like that ever again.
In more recent times I have been in my new workshop and now free from the mental chains of the past my creativity is flowing.
There are two areas of making that I am concentrating on. My meandering organic hand forged pieces - my life's work! Each piece involves hammering for hours and hours - thousands of hammer blows. A huge amount of my physical energy is tied up in those pieces. I never know quite how they're going to turn out.
My saw pierced trees - pieces that are a little more mainstream, involves sawing for hours and hours.
Both techniques are extremely meditative and require patients and determination.
I am excited to have my work out there in internet land for the world to see. Watch this space theres lots more to come.

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