Diploma in Silver Jewellery graduate feature – Leonie Marks
This week on the blog we will be featuring some of the graduates of our Diploma in Silver Jewellery as we have a free exhibition of their work this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm, at our London studios. You are invited to attend!
Today we feature jeweller Leonie Marks
Where do you live? I live in Essex near the Blackwater Estuary
When did your interest in jewellery making start? I first became interested in making jewellery in 2010 when I thought how wonderful it would be to turn shells I had found in the Isles of Scilly and Essex into silver pendants. I achieved this using metal clay and then started using sterling silver in sheet and wire form using basic soldering techniques to create different pieces.
Why did you decide to take the Silver Diploma? I set a little studio up in my garden and then taught myself to set stones (in a fashion) which led me on to taking the Silver Diploma course as I desperately needed expertise in learning stone setting amongst numerous other techniques covered in the diploma course.
What was your favourite class on the diploma and why? I loved the whole diploma course as it covered so many different techniques and mediums which I would not otherwise have explored. I would still say the Stone Setting was my favourite class.
What are your goals for the future? My goals are to continue to perfect my silversmithing skills – in particular stone setting – doing more short courses at the London Jewellery School. I have a small business selling at fairs and online which I am aiming to expand over the next 12 months. Since doing the online business course at The London Jewellery School I am currently setting up a new website which should be up and running in the next month.
You can follow Leonie and her work on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/leoniemarksjewellery
and Instagram – https://instagram.comleoniemarksjewellery
The Diploma in Silver Jewellery exhibition is this Friday, 7th July 2017, 6.30-8pm
Where: London Jewellery School, Rear Ground Floor Studios, NEW HOUSE, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY How to find us
No need to RSVP, just turn up!
all images copyright Leonie Marks 2017