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Featured Member: Lisa Le Brocq Jewellery Design

Date: 04/02/2013 | Posted by John Garton
Lisa Le Brocq is a Jersey born designer and silversmith. Inspired by textures in the island landscape, Lisa creates beautiful contemporary silver jewellery. Here she tell us a little more about her business and the inspiration behind her  designs.

I’m Lisa, I design and make contemporary silver jewellery. I was born in Jersey but lived away for many years studying, exhibiting and working as a Jewellery Designer, until finally returning to the island in 2003. I have an 8 year old son called Charlie and we love living on such a beautiful and inspiring island.

I have always made things but I began to take jewellery making seriously in 1994, when I started my training on a 2 year National Diploma course at Berkshire College of Art and Design. Then gained a BA(Hons) in Applied Arts at Plymouth College of Art and Design in 2000, specialising in Repouse, Acid-Etching and Rolled Textures. I completed my training by attending Bishopsland Educational Trust Residency in South Oxfordshire in 2001-2002.

I describe myself as a 'Texture Collector'. I am very attracted to natural shapes and forms and my work is always covered in textures which are tiny pictures and stories of the things I find when beachcombing or on country walks. I bring samples and images of textures back to my studio and begin sketching and experimenting at the workbench, using traditional and inventive techniques.

My typical work day is brill! I like to get a bit of fresh air at the very beginning of the day, so I go for a good walk. Then go home and put the kettle on. While my tea is brewing, I lay out all the tools and materials I need and make a list of what I am going to do. Then I don’t really come back up for air until I have to do the school run!

There are a couple of designs that have been really popular, last year I designed an owl and he has been a huge hit, and my shell pieces are so popular I can't keep up!

In Jersey, Lisa's work can be found in The Harbour Gallery, Jane James Coastal Ceramics, Durrell Visitor Centre, Rococo and Pour Moi. Keep up to date with Lisa's latest jewellery designs at her website and Facebook Page.