Teaching an old duck new tricks
Updated: Nov 14, 2020
There comes a point in life where you feel the need for change. Somethings will nudge you, others will inspire you. I came to that point just over 3 years ago, and although I was happy in what I was doing, I felt the need to try something completely different. After completing a course at Bournemouth Arts University, I fell in love with silversmithing and started to make a few things, buy new tools, notice more inspirations. With a heavy influence of a past life living and working in Asia, and the beautiful surrounding coastline and forests I started to design and before I knew it, was bitten by the bug of ‘The Maker’. I love what I do, and feel more rewarded than ever when a piece you have made brings a smile or a tear of joy. I feel truly blessed to be able to do this and purchase all my silver from bullion and reputable suppliers. I am now a registered jeweller in the UK, and with my hallmark registered, am fully compliant.
Why Peeking Duck? well it’s a spin on an Asian favourite, and the colours I choose for stones are often those seen on ducks floating around nearby rivers.
Making bespoke items is always a little more nerve wracking as when you make something and sell as seen, people know what they are getting, but when you make something to order, there is an unknown expectation there, so I fully engage with clients, and walk them through the making process and update regularly with design and progress shots to ensure we are aligned. This has worked so far, and although fully familiar with the process of engagement, still find it amazing and so rewarding that customers are so appreciative when they see the finished product. Quite humbling to be honest!
My journey so far has been exciting and rewarding, and I have fallen in love with the process of designing and delivering pieces of handmade jewellery to people who really appreciate an artisans' work. Watch out for Peeking Duck Jewellery at a handmade fair, and pop by to say hello. I currently sell regularly in Wimborne, Bournemouth, Highcliffe, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Burley, and other areas along the south coast, or drop me a note via instagram, facebook or on here if you have any questions or would like to discuss an order. I hope you enjoy exploring my site, and please feel free to share. I am and will always be learning, and hope to continue to improve on skills with and amongst fellow silversmiths and artisans, and enjoy sharing the experience with others.