Lancaster’s jewel in the crown

Lancaster Jewellery School'Emma Whittaker.
Lancaster Jewellery School'Emma Whittaker.

EVEN the most pragmatic of us have a creative side.

And Janet Fraser and Delia Hamer, who run Lancaster Jewellery School, are on a mission to help budding jewellery makers across the country discover their artistic talents.

“It’s the design and creating that’s fantastic,” said Janet.

“It’s really nice for people to have somewhere they can come and let their creativity come out.”

Janet and Delia set up Lancaster Jewellery School in October 2010 after Delia became bored with running her ironing business and after enrolling on a jewellery making course at night school, wanted a new challenge.

“I’m a bit of a magpie and have always liked silver,” said Delia, who lives in Carnforth.

“I had my ironing business next door to Janet, who was doing silversmithing at White Cross,”

“She was making jewellery and selling it on stalls and craft fairs and I wanted a room to set up a teaching facility for jewellery making.

“We realised we both had the same ideas and decided to set up business together.”

Within a year, Lancaster Jewellery School has attracted people from all over the country to its workshop at White Cross to learn a range of new skills and techniques in courses such as silver jewellery making, beading, silver clay, casting and stone setting.

“We get a lot of different people coming along,” said Delia.

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