SOCIETY AND MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
I fell in love with enamelling many years ago and am still totally captivated. As the founder of the BSOE, I was its chairman for the first five years and have spent many more years variously as secretary and membership secretary. I have taught many short courses and had the pleasure of working with Soviet and international enamellers in Palanga, Lithuania in 1990 and later invited to work in the International enamel workshops in Keckemet, Hungary in 1991 and 1993.I have served on the numerous juries and panels for international exhibition such as the Limoges Biennale.
After studying for an MA at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, I launched my business from the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in 2001 becoming a part of the vibrant making community there. I have shown my work widely across the UK and ventured into the international market. My first introduction to enamelling was an evening class whilst studying for my MA, led by Penny Gildea. My early collections featured some enamel work but I also used resin with silver which became my dominant material for some years. Needing a change and fresh inspiration I revisited enamel around 2010 and haven’t looked back.
I believe we live in a beautiful world, but we often forget this as we rush through the day. I also believe we all have the power to live a beautiful life. That’s why I create pieces that give you this power, serving as timeless reminders of the beauty in the world and our own lives. My designs are often asymmetrical, which means you can subtly rock that quirky look at work and after hours. The mix and match concept makes it easy for you to create an individual look in a couple of clicks. I’m a trained silversmith which guarantees I work to a high professional standard.
SOCIAL MEDIA/WEB SECRETARY
As a jeweller I enjoy incorporating enamel into my work. Enamelling forces you to take the perspective of the student, always exploring the possibilities available and honing the successful processes. The range of results that can be achieved through enamelling and being exposed to so many styles here at the BSoE is an endless source of inspiration. I joined the society as a bursary member in 2012 and have become more involved as my enthusiasm for enamelling and its community has grown.
My interest in Enamelling began in 2012 when I joined Enamel manufacturer W.G Ball Ltd as a lab technician. I gained a full understanding of the various processes involved in the production of enamel. Recently my role at the company developed to incorporate sales and marketing, through this I have developed a huge interest into the fascinating artistic aspects of enamelling, resulting in my membership of the BSoE.
I am a jewellery and surface designer with a great passion for enamelling. I strongly believe that traditional techniques such as enamelling have a place in current jewellery and design industries, and that modern technologies can be used to enhance traditional skills, rather than replace them. I originally trained in social anthropology but after much theory, turned to making in order to better understand people’s relationships to objects. My practice combines a variety of techniques and materials, but enamelling is at its heart. I busily juggle my role as Head of Programmes at he British Academy of Jewellery along with creating my own work in my London studio.
Nyasha is a multi-passionate entrepreneur providing expert communications and executive coaching to clients, through her consultancy, Living Content Ltd. Nyasha has more than 20 years’ experience, both in-agency and in-house, working across a wide breadth of B2B, B2C and public-sector brands including Weston Beamor, The Company of Master Jewellers, Assay Office Birmingham, Butlins, National Express, English Heritage, Land Securities, The London Taxi Company (now LEVC), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Enterprise Inns, Brains Brewery, Spirit and Marston’s. She is a recognised jewellery industry influencer and a contributing writer for leading trade title, Professional Jeweller; she is also Communications Director of the Women’s Jewellery Network. Nyasha is passionate about creativity, diversity and inclusion, equality, self-development, mentoring and volunteering. She is Vice-Chair of Warwick Students’ Union and Chair of the Communications sub-committee for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s Inclusive Leaders initiative.