Hello, my name is Rowena, wishing you a lovely welcome to my world of elfin alchemy, you are entering a bewitching place, full of sparkles shimmering in the sunshine.
The mystical magic of our ancient ancestors fascinates and inspires me, I love creating spiritual symbols and motifs - spirals, scrolls, hearts, circles, Celtic designs, and other sculptural shapes - and turning them into timeless wearable works of art that bring you joy when you wear them. Like an alchemist at work, I design, experiment, and transform healing copper or sterling silver wire, mix it together with beads, my abstract fused glass, and other elements to create bewitching beautiful elfin alchemy jewellery.
All my unique earring, pendant, necklace and brooch designs are skilfully crafted by me in Lancashire from my workshop. My aim is to create original colourful jewellery to help you sparkle, perfect treats for yourself or to give as gifts.
After graduating from college with a BTEC HNC in Design I worked as a designer, before retraining as a teacher and studying silversmithing in my spare time.
I've always been attracted to anything sparkly and began making my own jewellery in my teens, it was one of my ways to relax. I wanted to advance my jewellery skills further, but couldn't find the type of classes I was looking for - creative jewellery making - then out of the blue in 2005 one of the colleges I was teaching at, asked me if I was interested in teaching jewellery making there, and that was the start of a new direction for me. I began teaching the classes that I'd have liked to be a student on, with an emphasis on design and creativity and I taught these jewellery making classes for many years in adult education colleges, galleries and community venues, alongside running my own classes.
I loved teaching, enjoying the creative flow and sharing my passion for jewellery making with my students. All the experimenting, creating and producing designs to share in my classes benefited my own work too, helping inspire me and getting my creative juices flowing. Now though, I feel its time to focus more on developing and evolving my own work... and since 2020 I've been teaching less, giving me more time to devote to designing, experimenting, and creating elfin alchemy collections of jewellery.
I'm gradually building my website, adding more of my jewellery pieces and info about the inspiration behind my designs.
You can also find my elfin alchemy jewellery in a small selection of galleries and events across Lancashire where I love meeting customers and chatting about my craft.
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wishing you sparkles x Rowena, elfin alchemy