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About Eileen
I have always enjoyed working with my hands; even as a child I used to make things out of pipe cleaners, play dough and anything else I could find. But really I must trace my fascination with jewellery to when I was a young girl and a box of jewellery that had belonged to my grandmother which was kept under my parentís bed waiting for a time when I was old enough to have it.

I suppose it was inevitable that eventually I would begin making jewellery myself, and in 2003 I finally did begin making jewellery. I was self-taught until I took evening classes in 2009. I took these classes as I wanted to learn silver smithing and as a prompt to get myself to experiment more with jewellery making and other mixed media techniques. Also at the same time I started my second fused glass course. I didn't expect to fall in love with glass but by the end of that course I was completely enchanted with the way glass can be fused together and the play of light through glass.

Not yet having had enough of learning I decided to look for further courses the following year; through an almost comedy of errors I ended up at Plymouth College of Art doing an Applied Arts degree. This kept me quite busy for a couple of years, in which time I obtained my foundation degree, and I learnt more about my two favourite subjects (jewellery and glass of course). In the autumn of 2012 I started my BA (Hons) year in silver smithing and jewellery making, which kept me very busy for a year whilst I finished my training.

Since leaving college I continued working in glass and silver and selling my work through Atlantic Glass Studio, of which I was one of the founding artists, who opened the studio in 2012 which we ran as a small co-operative in Bude Cornwall. I left this co-operative in 2017 for personal reasons, and I am currently selling my work in galleries, online and at the odd fair for the moment.

In jewellery I love to work with the precious metal clays just as much as I like working with traditional silver smithing techniques. I love mixing media with my jewellery and creating something new, and nature as my inspiration is always showing me something fabulous on which to base an idea for my jewellery or glass work.

It may be because of growing up in the countryside that it was inevitable that nature would end up being my main source of inspiration; I also find inspiration in the myths and legends of our country. They are rich with mythical creatures and beings and bring to mind times long ago when magic ruled the world.

I hope I have many happy years ahead of me for creating my art and that my art will bring joy to the hearts of those who see it, wear it and own it.





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