An Interview with Lynn Davis — Unearthed by Lynn

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Lynn, a local jewellery artist and mum, started her business from a love of creativity and upcycling. With her business, Unearthed by Lynn, she takes shards of pottery and sea glass that she has found or been given, and turns them into beautiful, unique pieces of jewellery. She sells her jewellery in local boutiques and galleries and also runs jewellery making workshops. Here, she tells us her inspiring journey to starting her own business and gives us an insight into her fascinating world of unearthing.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

What inspired you to start making jewellery with pottery shards?

And I wanted to tell a story with my jewellery, where did it come from? how did it get there? A lot of the time I am commissioned to make jewellery as a gift with pottery or sea glass that people have found. I had a gentleman who asked me to make a necklace for his wife out of shards of jewellery that his daughters had found in the garden, it was a lovely surprise for her. It is so rewarding for me to be able to create jewellery that means so much to someone.

When my son was born, I went back to work part time but soon realised that I didn’t want him to be in full time childcare, so I decided to leave my job, spend the next year at home with my son before he started school and then put all my efforts into launching my business. It was the right time for me.

Where do you find the pottery shards and sea glass?

I try and create a catalogue of all the pieces that I find and try and gather as much information about them as possible which is sometimes quite challenging!

What part of your job do you find most challenging?

Where possible I like to use recycled sterling silver which has a smaller footprint, but if I’m using fine silver I can’t do that unfortunately. I can sometimes get recycled fine silver, but not reliably. I use fine silver when making pieces with sea glass because it doesn’t tarnish and show through the glass. Upcycling is very important to me, I want everything to be environmentally friendly where possible and I always use non-toxic chemicals.

What tips do you have for other mums who want to launch their own business?

What’s coming up for Unearthed by Lynn

I’m also hoping to expand the workshops that I do into different pieces, I’m currently designing an earring and bangle workshop. I also have a few other ideas for workshops that I want to develop, but I don’t want to reveal those just yet so watch this space! I designed my stacking ring workshops to make them more beginner friendly, that allows people to have better interaction and create three rings in the space of three and a half hours. All my workshops are held at The Artisan Boutique in Stone.

I’ve also been finding some slag in Shropshire near to the foot of the Iron bridge. I've been working with a stone cutter to cut some stones from it which I plan to create a collection with. I like challenging people to look at things differently, bits and pieces that they may consider rubbish or waste. Stop, look around, notice things differently. People never walk the same after they have spent time walking with me looking for pottery!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

You can buy Lynn’s jewellery from Guildhall Gallery in Stafford, The Artisan Boutique in Stone, Gallery @ 12 in Stafford, Spode and at additional locations in Shropshire and Wales.

To keep up to date with Unearthed by Lynn, follow her on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unearthedbylynn/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnearthedJewellery/?ref=br_rs

Website: http://www.unearthedjewellery.co.uk/about

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