Empathy Creations: The Start of the Journey


My journey into the world of jewellery making began during my GCSE art class when my teacher introduced me to the intricate techniques of repousse and chasing. Using copper I crafted a pair of copper earrings that I still wear today, over 30 years later.

My formal education started in North Wales and finished in the University of Ulster. After graduating, I embarked on a venture with a fellow graduate, specialising in tiaras and wedding jewellery. In 2002 I branched out on my own and in 2008, Empathy Creations found a weekend home in the vibrant atmosphere of St George’s Market in Belfast.

But why “Empathy Creations”? The name was carefully chosen to reflect my deep-rooted belief in the power of connection and understanding. Jewellery, to me, is more than just adornment; it’s a vessel for emotions, memories, and personal stories. I want my creations to resonate with you, whether through their design, materials, or associated memories. Empathy, to me, means not only understanding your needs but also empathising with your desires for affordability, uniqueness, and fine craft.

Throughout my journey at St George’s Market, I’ve had the privilege of hearing countless stories from my customers. Each piece I sell becomes a part of someone else’s narrative, carrying with it a unique significance and sentiment. As I continue my creative journey, I would love to hear your stories. What is your special piece, and why does it hold meaning for you? What’s the oldest piece of jewellery you own and still wear?

Feel free to share in the comments below; I would love to hear from you.


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