I came to silversmithing later in life than most, having had a career in libraries and information, local government, corporate and then the charity sector, mostly dealing with elderly and disabled people. In my new career I’ve found that many outlets are welcoming to young graduates but the older, not-so-qualified, off-trend people like me can find it hard to be seen. However, because I’ve never been on trend, I appeal to people who want to be individual and different too. Who else has a possum, a goat and a gingerbreadman in their repertoire?
Sheep are a very good example of this. I’ve sold dozens and dozens, all different, all named and seemingly, highly collectable. Am I starting a trend at last? Here are some other wonderful hand-crafted sheep I found and loved on Folksy…
Life Between Seams sheep painting by Steve’s Art Shop
Sheep Tree Decorations by Silverpasta
Lampwork Bead Bracelet with Sheep by Lampwork Beads by Jo
Fused Glass Magnet with Big Fat Sheep by Sugar Lips Glass
Knitted Sheep Scarf in Grey Yarn by Quilting Demon
Slate Herdwick Lamb by Loving Slate
Pair of Needle-Felted Herdwick Sheep Door Stops by Felting Bug
I’m Silvana and I handcraft quirky jewellery in copper, sterling silver, brass, pewter, glass, enamel, recycled coinage and semi-precious stones. I did start off quite classically, but the animals have taken over to a big extent – it’s a niche that I fit quite comfortably. My life has come full circle and I love the way it’s turned out. I started out with art college but when I realised I wasn’t that special, I put my sensible head back on, got a degree and worked as a librarian in Local Government for many years. Then I did a silversmithing course and loved every minute of it – it was like a duck to water. I now make copper and sterling silver jewellery – often quirky, always original. I still go on lots of courses to learn new techniques, and have added enamelling, silver clay and pewter etching and casting to my repertoire along the way. You can find my jewellery on Folksy folksy.com/shops/SilvanaJewellery.
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