Leisa Howes

'In 2005 I began a jewellery making class at my local college. I found myself fascinated by the processes involved in working with metal and as the course progressed, I had the chance to study part time for a degree, which I did, alongside my day job and family life, gaining a first class honors degree in Three Dimensional Design Crafts (Jewellery).

I spent many years making jewellery together with working part time and looking after my family. In April 2019 I decided to pursue jewellery and metal craft full time, giving me the opportunity to be creative in my little workshop while also having the flexibility to enjoy family life.

Much of my inspiration comes from nature and the sea and also looking back at the beautiful art left behind by our ancestors. I love our coast and country, mythology, ancient landscapes, standing stones, rock carvings and British wildlife - especially hares which feature in a lot of my work. I'm also a little obsessed with vikings! I am drawn to metal that has a patina, looks aged and weathered, a little rustic in appearance which often reflects in my pieces. Beautiful gemstones often enhance my work, sourced from my very trusted suppliers.'