My love and I spent a beautiful week last week in Venice, Italy. Here is a photo of me looking out over the lagoon to the church of San Giorgio Maggiore. I didn't take one photo while we were there, which is one of the benefits of travelling with a photographer! I got to enjoy the scenery while Gary was capturing it. Please do have a look at his fantastic photos that can be found here on flickr.
As usual for us we spent a lot of time in and around churches (we have also visited Wells Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral in England this year). I love church architecture and art. I find it very inspiring for my jewellery designing, particularly for enamelling.
Our Venice church visit count was seventeen! The highlight of our church going was the Basilica di San Marco which I think is the most impressive church I have ever been into. The mosaics are just astounding, truly astounding.
We also visited the island of Murano, famous for glass. I enjoyed some window shopping looking at the …
Last week I attended the London Jewellery Schooldiploma student exhibition. I teach on the jewellery diploma and will be taking on a tutor role for the course next year which is exciting.
The course can be taken in one year or in a seven week intensive class. The students learn a wide variety of techniques from traditional silversmithing to resin and perspex jewellery. At the end the students exhibit the best of their work. This time the exhibition was at Craft Central which was a fantastic venue just right for the job.
I really enjoyed celebrating with all the students. Their work was so diverse.
Yesterday I took my stock to the We Make London pop up shop. It's located in Camden Lock Market, London. My jewellery will be on sale here for six weeks to start with (to see how it sells). I hope to be in the shop in December which is always my busiest sale time. I'm sure a lot of designers would like to be in then too!
I enjoyed getting my stock set up. I took along everything as I hadn't sold in a pop up shop before and wasn't sure how much stock I should take!
As part of the deal every designer works in the shop for two days so I worked in the shop until about 6pm. I enjoyed the experience as I got to see what the customers were looking at and buying. I got the hang of the credit card machine and hopefully didn't make any mistakes! Takes me back to my shop work when I was at university!