Monday, 25 June 2012

Carers Day Event

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining carers from the Caerphilly County area at an event set up by the local Council. The day was held at The New Cottage Dance Centre in Blackwood and involved lots of people offering pamper treatments and the chance to try some making skills.

I met some fantastic people who showed lots of patience with me as I had underestimated just how popular making jewellery would be! Things I learnt for next time: Everyone enjoyed choosing their own beads but I may need to focus on just one or two items to make so I can get around more people.

  I was really impressed with everyone's creativity 
and I hope they were inspired to do more. 
The ladies very kindly agreed to have some pics done and here are some of their designs.

 I've saved the best 'til last, special mention goes to the lovely Katie who showed a natural eye and talent for designing jewellery and produced these gorgeous designs with almost no help from me! Katie was great company and helped keep my feet on the ground when I was trying to work out how to split myself in five to get around everyone and bringing me a much needed orange juice as I'd not stopped for a break...thank you Katie :)

This event was organized by CCBC Carers Support and anyone looking for further info on their services can click here to check out their website page.

Friday, 1 June 2012


I'm delighted to announce Chilichic Jewellery's latest stockist.... 
 Y Galeri (Yr Arteri Arts Centre) in Caerphilly. 
Officially opened just last week, the gallery already boasts an impressive array of original artwork, handmade jewellery and pottery. 
I have plans for a completely new collection of Chilichic designs for Yr Arteri and will be working on that over the next few weeks. In the meantime I've created a small selection of the Chilichic favourite...Semi-Precious pendants. Each one is different and can be added to the Sterling Silver chain of your choice. Chains available for the pendants are sold separately, so you could invest in one of the lovely omega chains and choose several pendants that can be swapped for a new look each time or if you are buying a gift one of the delicate, fine chains will complete the look perfectly. 
Here's a few of the designs available NOW at Yr Arteri and visit Chilichic Jewellery on Facebook for the complete gallery.

With the focus on Welsh based Designer/Makers including well established jeweller Mandy Nash, the exquisite pottery work of South African born Christine Gittins as well as new and emerging talent, artistic director Jan Pennell plans to provide the area with a much needed outlet for creative talent. I was particularly taken with some clever artwork with a  unique, witty use for maps...and a lamp created using items that were unrecognizable from their original purpose! Don't take my word for it though, If you love original designs and quality handmade artwork, get down to 8 St Fagan's Street (Opposite Peacocks), Caerphilly and see for yourself.