Who am I?
My name is Lana Goulding. After leaving high school I began nursing in veterinary practice and subsequently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse a few years later in 1991, and have followed that career path since, with a few minor changes from time to time.
The jewellery making is an expanding and recently realised passion which I would like to share with you.
The Beginning Of It All.
I started designing jewellery in September 2011 using old beads I had kept for years in my craft box, you know how that sort of thing happens; I was bored...started messing around stringing and before I knew it a design appeared and I was hooked!
I practiced to begin with by dismantling old necklaces from jumble sales, charity shops, or those given to me by friends and family; the beads were upcycled and given a new look. I then progressed onto the real thing...and here I am!!
The Creative Director
(better put her in or she will be upset!)
I am often ably assisted by my 13 year old ginger cat, Crippen, who seems to spend a lot of time in my indoor workshop (snoring mostly), hence my logo!
I consider her the creative director (and a valued member of the team) of Gingebod Designs, and she often checks out what I am doing. Have a look at her in my photo gallery.
My Very First Exhibition.
I was invited to exhibit my pieces at the Stables Theatre Art Gallery in December 2011 for their Christmas Exhibition as their showcase artist. I sold a few necklace and earring sets from that exhibition, and subsequently have had a number of items commissioned as a result.
This is where I now design and create my pieces, either by using bought in beads such as crystals and stones, or using glass beads that I have MADE myself using the torch and glass rods on the left of the picture and annealing them in the kiln on the right! Fun, fun, fun!
PS. the worktop does look very neat and tidy doesn't it? There is usually much more glass decorating it in one form or another....glassworking does tend to be a messy hobby!
The Present and Future
I am experimenting all the time with new techniques as so far I am self taught by using the internet and reading as my main learning resources.
I had a tutorial day with local bead maker Rebecca Weddell in March 2012 and I discovered how to make my own beads; sort of try before you buy, and I absolutely loved it, although I did lose the hairs on the back of my hands!. Look at what I made on my portfolio pictures, I think they are rather special. Since then I have set up my own glass workshop and am producing some interesting bead designs which are being incorporated into my pieces or being sold individually or as sets to be used by the purchaser in their own designs. I am really hooked now!
I have now had a tutorial with leading enameller and silver clay craftswoman, Joy Funnell, working with Silver clay and enamels. That was really good, I enjoyed this enormously (and I wasnt too bad either!) so I am planning to begin silver clay work late in 2014 all being well!
So.....where can I purchase a Gingebod Designs piece?
You could Click on this link for my shop
I dont have any craft fair dates planned for 2014 presently....sorry, but if you are holding an event and you would like me to come along, please let me know!
So, please feel free to browse my site and look at my portfolio of previous pieces designed or pass comments (only nice ones please!).