Helen Gorick - Glass Artist & Jeweller

Honiton, United Kingdom

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Note from shop owner Normal business will resume 25th February 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2021

Normal business will resume 25th February 2019. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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About HelenGorick

Sales 1,017
On Etsy since 2010

Silversmith to Full Time Lampworker.

I was born in Devon in 1970 and my interest in jewellery started at a very young age. By the time I was 10 years old, all of my pocket money was spent buying beads and making earrings for my friends and family.

This interest continued into adulthood and I went on to study metal smithing and jewellery at art college, specialising in jewellery design and manufacture during 1989.

Whilst holding down a day job and bringing up a family I was making jewellery any spare minute I had. We were living in Devon on a tight budget so I had to be inventive. I used scrap copper piping (my father-in-law was a plumber) to make pendants and brooches selling them at local village fetes and table top sales. People seemed to like my designs and I was aware of the fact that lack of investment in tools and silver was holding me back so I applied for a Princes Trust loan. I was delighted to be approved and received funds during 1999 and set up my own full-time jewellery business. I worked long hours designing and making silver jewellery in the evenings, sometimes until 2am. I sold it during the day at various craft fairs and markets around the country. On one occasion I was lucky enough to have a stall in Covent Garden that was subsidised by The Princes Trust. I was also exhibiting in numerous shops and galleries all over the country as far afield as Cumbria and Devon. I was delighted to be awarded first prize in a "Women In Business" competition sponsored by Oil of Olay in 2000.

The natural progression was a gallery of my own in which I could showcase my work and that of other designers and crafts people. In 2001, due to my husbands business, we moved to the North West of England and the doors opened on Argentium, a contemporary craft gallery and coffee shop showcasing the work of over 30 different jewellery designers as well as glassware, ceramics, textiles and more.

Sadly in 2004 we were forced to close the gallery as I had relapsed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma which I'd first had back in 1999. I had a stem cell transplant and spent 5 weeks in a an isolation room at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. It didn't exactly go according to plan and I ended up checking out the intensive care unit back at Exeter hospital as we had moved back to Devon to be near my family during my treatment. Because of the hard work and dedication of the wonderful nurses at Exeter, I came home almost 2 months later armed with lots of medication and a wheelchair! Following a long period of recovery I finally started to return to my love of jewellery late in 2005.

The following year I was fit enough to visit Art in Action (a fantastic arts and crafts show held near Oxford) and I came across the wonderful world of lampwork glass beads. Unfortunately I cannot remember who's work it was but I couldn't take my eyes off it and decided I just had to have a go. I managed to book some tuition with the very talented Sally Carver and spent the time absorbing as much information as I could! I bought myself as many books on the subject that I could find and became a "bead book junky" taking a selection with me everywhere I went. I have since had tuition with Diana East and Laura Sparling from the UK and Michel Silberberg from Israel, Astrid Riedel from South Africa, Carla De Francesco from Germany and my personal bead idol, Kristina Logan of the USA. I am a firm believer that you never stop learning and will continue to attend as many courses as I can to keep my work fresh and exciting.

I have worked in many mediums over the years but have never been so passionate about any of them, as I am about lampworking. I feel I have finally found the way of expressing myself that is most suited to me. I love the endless combinations of colours possible and like to explore new techniques regularly. This is my full time occupation and I can be found in my studio almost everyday, not because I have to be, but because I want to be. I hope you enjoy owning my beads as much as I enjoy producing them.

Shop members

  • Helen Gorick

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer

    I have been making glass beads since 2008 and work from my studio in the Devon countryside in the United Kingdom.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 29, 2019
Hello and welcome to my shop. I take great pride in my work and all items are made to the highest standard and I pride myself on my customer service. I will guarantee to ship your goodies within 2 working days or your order unless a custom request.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Refunds and Exchanges
In the first instance, if you have a problem, please contact me via the platform the sale was made on. I will do my best to resolve your issue in a manner that is acceptable to both parties.

If you are unhappy with your purchase please notify me within 7 days of receipt. I will be happy to arrange a refund or exchange for 'off the shelf' goods with the exception of earrings which inline with health and hygiene advice I am not able to refund or exchange. For bespoke/commissioned pieces refunds or exchanges can only be accepted if there is a fault with the item.

Items should be returned to me undamaged, with any tags still in place and in the original packaging, fit for resale, within 30 days of original receipt. Unless agreed otherwise cost of returns are the responsibility of the customer (including any customs costs if applicable).

If you do not receive your order within 10 working days (UK) or 25 days (non UK) please notify me so that I can chase this up for you. Please ensure that I am notified no later than one calendar month after I have notified you of posting.

To ensure a swift refund I would recommend using a tracked service to return items and please note I can not be held responsoble for items going missing on their retuen to me so would advise a tracked service.
Payment is by credit card via direct checkout.
Items are sent within two working days of payment of invoice.
Items under £20 are sent out via Royal Mail standard delivery, if you require a special service for items under £20 please contact me before purchasing. The standard Royal Mail option is not an insured service, and while I do get a certificate of posting I cannot be held responsible for lost packages.
Items over £20 are sent via Royal Mail tracked and insured. In the event of a lost package, I will refund the appropriate amount once the claim has been settled by Royal Mail - http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/royal-mails-retail-compensation-policy-for-loss

International https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/327/~/making-a-claim-for-items-sent-overseas

Please note that in the case of larger claims Royal Mail's investigation can take up to 90 days.

Any duties or taxes applied to parcels sent overseas are the responsibility of the customer. Any charges from me are clearly displayed along with the shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Photographs are as accurate as possible when the item is viewed in natural daylight. However I can't guarantee they are represented perfectly for you as computer screens do differ. Please be aware that beads sold as sets may vary very slightly in size due to the handmade nature of them.