I was born in Cumbria and after completing a BTEC Foundation course at Cumbria College of Art and Design, I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at The School of Jewellery in Birmingham.
Major awards I have won include The 1996 Royal Society of Arts Award which enabled me to take up Artist in Residence at Ino Cho in Japan. In 1996 I also won the Platinum Design Award in the Goldsmiths Craft Council Craftmanship Awards and the following year also won first prize. I then became an artist in residence at Edinburgh College of Art.
Major commissions include designing and making the trophy for the Ladies Race at Ascot which was commissioned by De Beers. I have also exhibited in major national galleries throughout the UK.
Whilst working for a major gemstone company in Hatton Garden London for two years I studied Gemmology at The Gemmological Association of Great Britain and qualified as a gemmologist and became a Fellow of The Gemmological Association (FGA) in 2000.
I now live in East Sussex with my husband and three children . I design and make my own collections in my studio situated at my home and I also hold jewellery and craft workshops for adults and children at Millbrook Garden Centre.
My love of travelling and history together with my background of art and science (through gemmology) , and watching my 3 children go through primary school inspired me to provide various workshops for schools. These are aimed for Primary key stage 2. I feel very passionate about bringing an exciting and engaging cross curricular approach through science topics where the children can understand even some complex areas of science through a fun and creative approach which will inspire them for secondary school.