handmade jewellery by Judith Peterhoff exploring chasing and repousse

Hello, my lovelies.

As this is the month of fresh starts and planning, I thought I would share with you my plans for this year, which I’m VERY excited about! I’m also going to tell you the story of how I got in to hand-making jewellery.

Spoiler alert! It features puberty, glass beads and 3D printing.

All good stories have a beginning, so let me start by telling you where my love for jewellery making began.

Here’s my handmade jewellery story:

How I got into jewellery

When I was a little girl, I loved making my own jewellery with brightly coloured beads. I would go to my favourite bead shop in my home town, buy lots of different glass beads and make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Then, as I reached puberty, I got distracted, other things got more interesting, like boys (who would have thought? ;) ) and I didn’t make jewellery for a while. After graduating from high school and a year of finding out that architecture isn’t my calling, I applied to the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht with the intention of studying product design. In Maastricht, you have to do 6 months of product and jewellery design before choosing one you want to finish studying. That’s where my love for jewellery was re-ignited. I threw my idea of ‘Judith Peterhoff Product Designer’ overboard and decided to become ‘Judith Peterhoff – world famous Jewellery Designer’ – still working on the ‘world famous’ bit though.

I really enjoyed making jewellery. I loved the craftsmanship, learning the techniques but also exploring contemporary jewellery. I found a true passion for making jewellery with a deeper meaning and a story. I still hold these values today. Today, I continue to love the craftsmanship behind my jewellery. I strive to make my jewellery items to the highest standard I can and I always aim to tell a story with my pieces.

My handmade jewellery workshop

I work from my private studio in North London. Working on my little bench is what gets me up in the morning. It’s small but it has everything I need. My favourite tool to work with is my repousse tools. I love the challenge of how precise I need to be to shape the metal and that it’s a traditional method seldom used today. SPOILER ALERT! It’s a technique I plan to use more in 2018!

My handmade jewellery making plans for 2018:

This year, I plan to explore the more technical side of jewellery making. One of my favourite memories from the university is using chasing and repousse tools and I would love to explore these skills again. I want to bring repousse into the modern world, as it’s a traditional skill which I feel is missing from contemporary jewellery making. I’m curious to try combining 3D printing with repousse techniques and mix these with gemstones.

Where to find me in 2018:

One of my goals for 2018 is to participate in more trade shows and fairs showcasing a new collection which I will shape over the next few months.

Bespoke orders! I’m really excited about some new bespoke orders I have coming up, which I will share with you very soon! If you have an idea for a bespoke jewellery item get in touch with me and we can discuss ideas.

One final announcement. I will be turning 33 in February and I want to celebrate with you lovely people! So, in my birthday week there will be a 33% discount on my ENTIRE READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION! But, it’s only available to newsletter subscribers! So make sure to subscribe before the 4th February to get this exclusive offer!

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