White Tree Crafts.
My name is Joanna Creek and I make artisan jewellery in my studio near Llandysul in rural Ceredigion. I live, work and get most of my inspiration from this beautiful unspoilt part of West Wales with its green hills, wooded valleys and the spectacular Cardigan Bay coastline.
Most of my work is in ceramic which I make and decorate entirely by hand. After forming my pendants, beads and brooches from fine white or terracotta clay I imprint my design. When dry, I carefully sand each item. I round off the corners to ensure that everything is super smooth to the touch. They then have their first firing. Next I paint them using under-glazes and/or oxides and a transparent glaze, or apply a coloured glaze, before firing again to earthenware. Being glazed all over they are smooth against the skin and very pleasant to handle.
Many of my pendant and brooch designs are illustrative of my passions. I love the beach and swimming, hence my range of ‘Beach Belles’ and striped patterns reminiscent of deck-chairs, swimming costumes and beach balls! I often walk on the coast path looking at the sea, the rocks and the flora and fauna that inhabit them hence these things also turn up in my work.
I live a few miles inland and the trees, hills, birds and other creatures that I see from my studio or on my local rambles are also celebrated in small scenes depicted on pieces of jewellery.
My more abstract pieces are all about the enjoyment of washing colours across a piece of clay and adding textures.
I also make beads from my favourite fabrics. These light, eye-catching beads, teamed up with glass and other findings make a striking and varied range of very wearable pieces.
My earrings all have sterling silver ear wires or studs. I put most of my pendants onto silver plated 18” snake chains but I have other lengths and types of chain and cord – just ask!
The finishing touch - all my jewellery comes in a box, hand-stamped with my logo.
I sell my work at fairs and exhibitions throughout Ceredigion and the neighbouring counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. I also supply a few local shops.
I have some work available in an online shop: www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteTreeCrafts.
I also have a website with a gallery www.white-tree.co.uk , and if you like the look of anything, and would like to know what similar items are available, get in touch and I will be happy to email photos, upload similar items to my Etsy shop, or discuss a commission.
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