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Janis Waldron

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Artwork for Janis Waldron


Ametrine necklace

Freshwater pearl necklace

Miniature teddy bear


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am a designer and maker of jewellery and small silver items.
I am passionate about crafts, the power of the handmade and have a love of detail coupled with a butterfly mind. This is amply demonstrated in the items I produce: finely etched designs on copper, unusual silver chain work and hand-knotted semi-precious bead and pearl necklaces with handmade clasps. Alongside these I make miniature teddy bears, rabbits and mice in mohair or plush, all with hand crafted accessories.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

The fulfilment of my creative drive and a need to be busy; to be able to look at an object, texture or creature and translate it into something other. I enjoy the camaraderie of being with like-minded people.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Janis Presbury Designs

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I am keen to pass on my knowledge to others and to that end enjoy running workshops in bead and pearl threading and knotting and making miniature teddy bears. I have successfully run courses and workshops for individuals, as well as various adult groups including the WI and the Jewellery and Allied Industries Training Council.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I began making jewellery over forty years ago and have studied at Nottingham School of Art, Malvern Hills College and Hereford College of Arts where I gained City and Guilds and Open College Network qualifications in silversmithing. I also attended the Birmingham School of Jewellery where I gained a passion for pearls and trained to advanced level in pearl threading and knotting. For many years I worked at a local school, as a technician in resistant materials: acrylics, clay, wood and metal.
I am a keen, self taught needle-woman (sewing, knitting and crochet) and have used these skills to make and accessorise my miniature bears

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

h. Art
Various shows with the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen
Independent Bear Artists on-line show

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Worcester Cathedral Shop
Etsy Shop
Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen
I also enjoy working to commission - particularly making bears and other small creatures

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