We had a chat with Jade Cameron, owner of Jar of Clay about the growth of her jewellery business and her journey as an entrepreneur.
“Jar of Clay officially began two years ago when I decided to share my passion with others, there is only so much jewellery you can wear yourself!
From a young age I always enjoyed being creative, it’s always been a way of escaping the day and having my own quiet space.
It was only later in life that I realised how important my jewellery making had become to my everyday wellbeing.
Through my university years, I suffered from very extreme episodes of depression, I was later diagnosed with M.E and fibromyalgia which has had a huge impact on my life for the last 10 years.
After university, I started working part-time for a jewellery company. This sparked my creativity once again, and this is where it all began.
I have the pleasure of living in a beautiful seaside town in Dorset. My fine silver jewellery pieces are inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings on the South Coast.
Gathering inspiration from landscapes and natural textures around me gives me the chance to create bespoke pieces which reflect the moment or memory of the day.
Foraging and collecting natures treasure is the perfect way for me to unwind and enjoy my local surroundings.
I collect shells from all over Dorset to create my pieces, taking moulds from fossils, shells and ammonites to capture their unique textures and shapes. I am always amazed at how beautiful our planet is.
I love the idea that I can give people the opportunity to appreciate and take home a little bit of Dorset forever.
My one-off pieces have time and care put into them, the process of creating my jewellery is as much for me as it is for the forever home it ends up in.
The 999 fine silver I use is recycled and the silver particles are situated in an organic binder, this not only enables me to sculpt and work with the silver clay before it goes into the kiln but to lessen my carbon footprint.
I strongly believe that my mental health has hugely benefited from having a creative escape.
I would encourage anyone who is struggling with their mental health to find a craft, a way of having time to escape the day.
Jar of Clay is only at the start of what I hope will be a journey where my bespoke jewellery will evoke fond memories and bring joy to each and every recipient.”
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