Meet Elizabeth Anne Norris who will be showcasing her beautiful designs on the 9th December at The Brighthelm Centre. Her jewellery is handmade in her studio in Brighton. Elizabeth also teaches jewellery classes, perfect if you want to try your hand at a new skill!
How did you start out?
Jewellery making is not my first career, I worked for King’s College London for 16 years as a geeky Air Quality scientist. Although passionate about the environment, I wanted to indulge my creative brain and learnt jewellery design in evening classes before enrolling in a full time HND in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts at Sir John Cass School of art and design in 2004. It was so much fun. I was thrilled to be awarded 1st prize for Innovation and Excellence in Design Development from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for my final year design. I finally left King’s College in 2013 and since then have been building my jewellery design business slowly. I have been selling my designs online and via a few specially selected outlets and craft fairs.
How has your business developed since?
I’ve been on many short courses to learn more jewelry skills over the years but on the business side of things I’m completely self taught. Having a great creative community in Brighton, like at craft fairs, is brilliant and has definitely helped with advice and support. Through connections I’ve made locally I have teamed up with talented people who have helped my business grow year on year which is very encouraging. I not only design my own handmade jewelry collections but now pass on my jewelry skills through teaching and helping couples create their own wedding rings. I love every aspect of my job!
What’s your favourite thing to create?
I make wedding rings more than anything else and it has to be my favourite thing to make. Making rings that symbolise love and that couples will wear for the rest of their lives is something very special indeed.
What do you love most about attending craft fairs?
Meeting new customers is a fantastic part of what I do. Hearing stories from my customers about who they are giving jewellery to and why is so lovely to know. It completes the circle of why I do what I love and love what I do.
Will you be offering anything special at our event?
At Paper Daisy craft fair on 9th December I will be running a giveaway to visitors to the fair. One lucky person will win a 3 hour silver jewellery making session with me at my Brighton workshop. Do come and visit my stand to find out more and to enter.
That sounds like a fantastic prize to win - Make sure you stop by and say hello to Elizabeth and enter her giveaway!
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