contemporary jewellery by Rose Wood

The Big Move

By rose-wood-contemporary-jewellery, May 25 2020 03:02PM

Last November (2019), the workshop moved from Drefach Felindre (where it had first started life), to our new home in Cardigan, Ceredigion. We found a little spot in the corner of the garden where it could just about fit and set about figuring out how all the tables and equipment would sit in the new space.

It was exciting but also quite daunting moving my precious workshop that I had built from scratch all those years ago. I had used my wages from my part time cafe job to pay for the renovations and the struggle to create it had made me extremely fond of the strange old wonky floored garage. I knew that we could make some practical improvements at the new place though which was needed in some areas.

I'm completely in love with the new workshop, which is very peaceful and also tidy and organised so it has definitely proven to be the right move. It's also great to be in a town near the sea where there are cafes, restaurants and other things to do besides make jewellery for anyone coming to a workshop.

On the day of my very last workshop in Drefach Felindre, I came back into the kitchen, and my mum (who was staying at the time) had laid out a mandala for me on the table (picture below). I think I cried! The words are made from letter shaped pasta.

I can't finish this blog post without mentioning the incredible help from my wonderful partner Joost and his lovely family too. They were amazing - helping to problem solve the space issues and literally building workbenches, painting and gardening. I am so so grateful.

Left to right: Old workshop - Mum's mandala - New workshop
Left to right: Old workshop - Mum's mandala - New workshop
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