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Hi, I'm Kellie, a designer, silversmith and Jeweller. I recently completed a postgrad at Bishopsland Educational Trust in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Business Management in the August 2011. Along side my postgraduate course I ran my own bespoke jewellery design business, designing and making jewellery for my client base, as well as making larger sculptural pieces, commissioned for Brittish Silver week 2011. I've been incredibly lucky in having been tutored by the likes of Malcolm Appleby, Rod Kelly, Jacqueline Mina, Angela Cork and John Bartholomew. My work is all about hand piercing!!! I use a traditional decorative technique used mainly for its aesthetic appeal and create it into a structure. Follow me on twitter Facebook page, by searching Kellie Theresa Leighton-Designer, Jeweller and Silversmith and liking the page. Contact me at


Commissions from £80 to £4,000 +. I'm very flexible and aim to make work that is affordable for any budget.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Like my mother said to me this morning..."you put so much of yourself into your work, every piece shows another side of you. Don't be afraid to be yourself"

And with those wise words I began to really think about not just this piece but the last year & everything I've made it through...As gay as it sounds (although totally true), mother dearest was right.

Ever since I can remember my art has been a place were I can go and be my true self. A place were I was safe, alone and were no one judged me. I guess thats why its so personal to me because every criticism made about the piece is like a direct criticism to me.

I've struggled allot this year whilst studying at Bishopsland. Although whilst its an amazing place to nurture making skills and teaches valuable life skills and business/ entrepreneurial skills. For someone like me, a somewhat strange cat and free soul, its slightly soul destroying because they just don't get who I am and what my art is all about...unexplainable, somewhat like myself...but I guess thats what makes it different.

Anyway this is my latest piece. Keeping true to myself, as always. No matter how hard it gets :)

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