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I have always been fascinated by the whole process of taking ore from the ground, refining it to make metal and then using that metal to make tools and jewellery. So, in February 2015, I bought some silver and decided to have a go on the kitchen table. The kitchen table soon led to a small studio which in turn led to larger studios. I am now an accomplished jewellery designer and maker working mainly in silver, although I love working with most metals. I was once told that, if you love what you do it doesn't treally count as work, and it's true!

 

With my partner Cerys Russell, an artist, we have gone from strength to strength turning our creative passion into a small successful business within the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. We opened our original shop in The Old High Street in November 2018 selling our own work and that of almost forty other local creatives and artisans and have just combined our shop, Cerys' studio and my studio (from which I run silversmithing workshops) under one, larger roof at 59 The Old High Street. It has been an amazing journey so far and gets better with every new opportunity!

 

Leah Gaynor

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59 The Old High Street Folkestone_Exterior at Nigh Making a Silver Stacking Ring Using a Blowtorch