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Where It All Began

Posted by Alison Lush on

My happy place and where it all began for my jewellery business.
I often get asked 'how did I get started in jewellery' or 'where did I learn my trade' and it was here at the Sir John Cass School of Art in East London.
I was working full time in a London Law Firm in HR and I was really unhappy in a job that was very stressful and had sapped the life out of me.  So, I knew that I wanted to start some sort of business and I had always been really creative.  So I started enrolling in some local jewellery making classes.
It wasn't until I enrolled at Sir John Cass School of Art where I was blown away with the university that would show me the ins and outs of silversmithing.  I would zip across London two evenings a week to this amazing university in East London.  I was there for four years doing a silversmithing course and I just knew that this is what I wanted to do for a living (although I had no idea how I was going to do that)!
It was a cold workshop and the windows used to rattle in the wind, but it was a place where I would lose myself for three hours in the evening.  I used to drive my tutor crazy (bless him) as we had a strict curriculum that we had to learn, but I would bring in my scraps of paper with things that I wanted to make.  He would give me that look, but he always found time to show me what I needed to do.  I am so grateful to him for all that he taught me.
I have to say, to all you lovely people out there looking to try new things.  There is a wealth of courses online and in person where you can dabble and try things out.  It was what saved me from a job that I no longer wanted to do.
I have now been making jewellery for over 20 years.  If you would like to see what I make now please click this link here
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