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Maker Of The Month - February 2022

We love being the beginning of peoples jewellery making journeys. Whether our students go on to make something unique for themselves, gifts for family and friends or pieces to sell, the ripples of joy spread from the heart of the NJS workshop and out into the world.

We chatted to Luke of AubreyFields about how he got bitten by the jewellery bug, where he goes to learn new skills and how his business reflects his family history of making and building.

After completing the level one silver smithing course at the Jewellery School Luke knew he had found a new passion and with the support of Loree he really pushed himself during that first course to try new skills and gain as much knowledge as possible. Gradually the Instgram account he started to share his work with his friends and family began to attract attention from excited shoppers and his business began to form.

"My grandad is a talented builder and an absolute hero of mine. He always went

by a different name due to him disliking his given name Aubrey. I wanted to honour him and

so AubreyFields was born".

At AubreyFields Luke makes jewellery that is boldly made and eyecatching. His passion for gemstones brings a richness and warmth to his work and he pairs beautifully selected stones with strong smithing skills.

Inspired by Castro Smith, Tessa Metcalfe and Sonny Bailey Aird Luke dreams of working in a studio surrounded by plants, independent artwork and a strong coffee machine. He started his tool collection jumping in feet first with the NJS 'I Want It All' tool kit and has been adding too it ever since with a wax carving kit next on his shopping list.

As well as spending time at NJS Luke took classes at Silver Psaltpot in Sheffield. But he also recommends YouTube as great place to expand you knowledge and learn about new techniques from the comfort of your own home.

We are absolutely thrilled to see the development and growth in Luke's work since his first class with us. He's become a talented and original jeweller combining hard learned skills with family talent and some superb inspiration to make jewellery that is beautiful, assured and full of personality.

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