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We hope you are as fascinated by Amanda’s gorgeous jewellery as we are. With pretty jewellery like this, there is always a story, so have a read of who Amanda Coleman is.
Amanda grew up with creativity all around – as a child she lived in a craft centre in a tiny little place called Staunton Harold in Leicestershire. It was a beautiful place, in the grounds of an old stately home with lots of lakes, woods and cows around. Her parents were potters and painters. There were also blacksmiths, violin and guitar makers, wood turners, wool spinners, soft toy makers, artisan bakers in the craft center – it was an inspiring place to live. Amanda had always dabbled at making clay animals to sell for pocket money in the pottery and at the age of thirteen she had already started a little business making buttons and beads out of polymer clay and taking them to sell around the shops in Derby and Nottingham.
Amanda always knew she’d have a career making ‘things’ and chose to study 3D design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham. She did become completely enthralled by the sight, sound, smells and pure power of the forge but fortunately they also did jewellery on the same course as she soon discovered it was far too much hard work banging away at iron all day long. Amanda preferred sitting down at the jewellery bench, working on tiny, intricate pieces of precious metals. After graduating she took on a further one year’s residency at the Bishopsland Workshops in Reading and then was fortunate to gain a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London to undertake a Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery.
When Amanda graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998, she promptly set up a workshop in Clerkenwell, London with the help from the Crafts Council and the Prince’s Youth Business Trust. Since then she has been making and developing her designs into jewellery collections that aim to satisfy her thirst for experimentation and new concepts in jewellery construction techniques in a style all of her own.
Amanda Coleman now lives in the beautiful Cathedral City of Lincoln with her husband – a fellow designer whom she met whilst studying at the Royal College, and their two children. Seeing the world through the eyes of children ignited an interest in fairytales, mystery and magic and a fascination of bugs and flowers that has found its way into her designs over the recent years.