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Julie Holt

Learn more about me at:

Surrey Jewellery School

My jewellery making journey...

I discovered jewellery making in 2002 when I bought my first kit.  I can’t claim that the end results were great, however I was very proud of what I had made and was hooked!  Whilst still working in the corporate world, each year I would focus on mastering a new technique, attending courses, completing lots of self-learning and practise, practise, practise to develop my skills.  During this time jewellery making became my dream job and in 2009 I left my IT career and took the plunge into full-time jewellery making & teaching.

3 Favourite Jewellery Making Techniques...

Only 3?!  Then it has to be Chain Maille, Metal Clay and Wirework.  These techniques never cease to amaze me with their ability to turn non-descript materials into something truly amazing.

What excites me most about jewellery making...

Creating a design where every element is designed and hand-crafted by me.  It's that thrill of excitement when I look at something I've created and think 'I made that' - gets me every time!

Most inspired by...

The colour combinations, textures and shapes created by nature.

Claims to fame...

Awarded 2nd place in the Chain Maille & Wirework Category of the 2011 British Bead Awards, regular contributor to UK jewellery making magazines.

Favourite creation, so far...

This seed pod ring, crafted from metal clay.  I love wearing this piece , it’s a real conversation starter!

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