Jewellery is my passion
I have a workshop with views looking out onto the beautiful Derbyshire countryside which offers an infinite source of inspiration for my work as do my travels and walks on beaches with my family.
I like nothing better than losing myself for days at the bench using traditional making skills.
My work is said to be contemporary with traditional accents – bold and often lends itself to statement. The necklace, adorning Theresa May at a European Summit and as she gave her emotional resignation speech outside number 10, was made by my own fair hands. I had to smile when I saw her wearing it.
I turned to silversmithing and jewellery as a second career as I was not allowed to go to art college when I left school. I was told, that if I did art, I would ‘turn out like’ Auntie Norah, wayward with brightly coloured tights. She was an art lecturer and would do silversmithing as a hobby. During the school holidays, I would relish polishing silver, bending wire and playing with her tumbled polish stone collection. She had a mind of her own and challenged the norms of the 1950s and 1960s.
Sadly my mother passed away when I was 15, and I spent a good deal of time with Auntie Norah, and I truly believe her spirit is in my creativity and ability to see. She taught me to look up at buildings and observe architectural detail, where others may simply walk past. I certainly wear brightly coloured tights!
As my children flew the nest, I honed my craft over the years attending courses all over the country, including at the World-renowned Birmingham School of jewellery I am still learning.
ABOUT JANE ORTON
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