Having always painted for pleasure, both on canvas and more recently on ceramics, by chance I discovered that my sugar paste skills (I have been cake decorating for fun since 1987) lend themselves beautifully to working with silver clay. Who knew that three years ago I would have reached the dizzy heights of obtaining both Level 1 and 2 Art Clay Diplomas with the eminent Joy Funnell and expert Higher Level Teacher and member of the Guild of Enamellers.
My designs come from nature; the fields, the woods and most naturally for me, a Cancerian the sea. My logo incorporates a crab to represent my star sign, encircled by my love of silver, clay and designing jewellery. Hence 'Fired! Silver Clay Jewellery'. My work is fired in the kiln at some point so 'Fired!' seemed the most appropriate name for my business.
I blame my husband entirly for Fired! Without his outstanding support and long suffering forbearance and my very own sounding board for all problems I would never have been able to take the step of starting my own business. Trel has faith in me and I love him for it! Not forgetting of course our two grown up offspring; Mike and Gina who have unhestitatingly supported their wacky Mum!
Special thanks must go to Rob Bibby, a superb studio potter based Woodnewton, for without attending Rob's classes I would never have met Melanie Blaikie of the Silver Clay Workshop, author and silver clay designer and jeweller whose workshop I attended there. Finally Joy Funnell who took me on the journey of discovery with my diplomas and beyond, an excellent teacher, and talented designer and artist in all precious metal clays and enameller extraordinaire.