Tiffany Budd Goldsmith
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Using traditional goldsmithing techniques, Tiffany makes one-off pieces of high end jewellery and each piece has an individual story. She also teaches courses in silver jewellery making on a one to one basic from her workshop in Co. Sligo.
Living and working in rural county Sligo gives Tiffany the space and inspiration to design her own unique jewellery. She set up her business on a very small scale around 12 years after pursuing goldsmithing as an interest before that. Never wanted to push out vast amounts of work Tiffany instead looked on each creation as a small piece of art. The process starts with a consultation and rough ideas with the customer commissioning the jewellery, this may be inspired by an event or a place in their life or a special relationship for example. It then moves into the design stage and then on to making an individual piece that will reflect both Tiffany’s style and the wishes of the client.
Past works have included engagement and wedding rings, pendants with specific themes and precious gem stones. Memorial pieces for a lost family member, Christening gifts such as bracelets and trinket boxes and eternity rings, necklaces and bracelets for sweet 16th and 21st among other landmark birthdays and anniversaries.
Tiffany also adjust, repair and rework old jewellery and enjoys breathing new life into old family treasures that would otherwise sit forgotten in a draw. This might mean incorporating the birthstone of a loved one into a ring, resizing and making a piece wearable for another generation or reworking “a no longer needed” engagement ring and turning it into 2 new diamond earrings.
Tiffany also runs short courses from her home and workshop in Rural Sligo. Day long and weekend course are available.
A day long silver jewellery making course starts in the morning with a chat get to know one another and to establishing what areas of skill a students would like to gain from their day. Teaching one to one means the learning is very progressive and a lot is covered in the time. Lunch is also included, making for a very enjoyable day in beautiful rural Sligo.
Tiffany’s approach to teaching is very easy going and she tries to design and facilitate each course in a unique way that gives each student the best possible experience.
Courses are aimed at all levels from beginners up and up. Students will have a chance to bring their own handmade piece of jewellery home.