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Hampshire
England

Workbench Blog

Welcome to my workbench blog!

If you are interested in what happens behind the scenes in my studio and the stories behind some of my latest custom designs then hopefully you will find this fruitful!

If you are thinking about working with me on something unique then I would strongly recommend you give this a read as it details my clients individual stories, form all around the globe!

Pondering on 2017

FRAN BARKER

opal and sapphire ring
Moonstone set

Trying to round up 2017 in a single blog post seems like an impossible task. This year has seen huge changes, big improvements and a massive increase in custom designs.

When I took part time evening classes 14 years ago, I never imagined I’d be where I am now with the pleasure of making jewellery for customers all over the globe. With each new piece I make, more inspiration follows and I’m still as eager as I was back then if not more so. Jewellery has always been, and continues to be, my passion and the hidden story behind each piece makes my job all that more special.

2017 could be described as the year of the Mimosa. From the moonstones to the one-of-a-kind engagement rings, I’ve loved making every single piece and cannot thank my customers enough for commissioning such different pieces. 

This year I also introduced Katie to my workshop to organise everything from shipping to making the website run smoothly... and basically cracking the whip and organising my whole life! Working alone can be quite solitary, and having a workshop companion is an absolute joy. She's now become accustomed to Radio 2 (we're thinking about Radio 4), she's someone to bounce ideas off and is an eagle eye; if anything falls off the bench it's found within seconds rather than the hours it used to take me....that alone is priceless!

This year has taught me that if you stick at something, you’ll get there in the end and the long wait is so worth it. Thank you to all of my customers, past and present and to Katie, for making my jewellery journey so exciting.  Here’s to 2018 as a two man band with lots of new ideas, shared goals and  grubby jewellers hands. 

Emerald Ring
sapphire ring
Grey diamond bridal set
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