I love making precious metal jewellery (well, thank goodness for that!) but I do love doing other things. Iíve always been a jack-of-all-trades, and a collector of hobbies - amongst other things! - and sometimes these two things come together.
So hereís some advice, if you really, truly want to turn a hobby into a businessÖ itís not business advice as such (see below number 3!) but I hope itís useful.
Donít. Sorry, thatís a bit blunt. But seriously, donít.
After almost 20 years as a designer in children's publishing a short silversmithing course in 2006 prompted a change of direction.
The following year I enrolled on a part-time jewellery course, and found a local studio where I could make and sell my work.
In 2009, together with five other crafts people we found a shop space to rent on our busy local high street, the gloucester road, called Fig. We are open tuesday - saturday, 9.30am - 5pm (except August).