What kind of Makers are you?

We are all jewellers, hand-forging pieces from metals such as silver, copper, brass and a occasionally a bit of gold. We also use precious and semi-precious stones and found items (such as sea-glass and pebbles)

How old were you when you first got involved in the Maker community?

We were all grown ups when we started doing jewellery. We’re all different, Sue learned to make jewellery in 2003, but was a technology teacher prior to that. All of the rest of us have been trained by Sue over the years. I also attended York School of Jewellery before moving to NZ.

Why did you get into Making? Did anyone introduce you to your area of expertise?

I am inspired by my Nana’s love of jewellery, for as long as I can remember she has been covered in beautiful jewels. I wanted to create pieces that fit my individual style.

Sue discovered that making silver jewellery was an enchanting way of expressing her love of life in New Zealand.

What inspires you when you are working on a project?

As our shared workshop space is on Petone foreshore, we are all regularly inspired by the landscape and Aotearoa’s beautiful flora and fauna.

What advice would you give to young people who want to get involved?

Nothing beats having people you can connect with in real life, who can advise you and bounce ideas off. A jewellery class is a great way to start and meet other creative folk. I also learn so much via Youtube and Instagram!

*Group photo does not include Celia as she was on holiday!

View from the workshop space.