We caught up with Val B to find out what inspires her and much more ...

Describe your style in three words:
Unique hand-painted contemporary

What advice would you give to a jeweller who is looking to sell their work commercially?
Find your own unique style and build your brand around it. Do your homework to make sure your pricing is right.  Believe in yourself and don’t give up, it takes time to establish a business.

Do you have a favourite piece in your collection? What is it and why?
I love my seascapes because they were originally inspired by a hand-painted ring that my Grandmother used to wear when I was a child. I have this memory of a beautiful blue miniature seascape which suddenly came back to me as I was painting one day and the seascape design just seemed to happen.

Is there anything exciting coming up in your business that we can look forward to?
I am always excited about new ideas that I can show to everyone am currently launching a new collection of contemporary sterling silver pieces for my mid-price range.  Lots of my stockists have been asking for more sterling seascape designs and these are what we have come up with. They are a little lighter weight than some of my other pieces and have simple lines that present the hand-painted cabochons at their very best. The range is called Simplicity and will include pendants and co-ordinating earrings. 

Does living and working in Shropshire inspire your work in any way?
All the time. I have lived in Shropshire all my life and this has given me constant inspiration. Colour is so important in my work and my recent Autumn colours collection was wholly inspired by the fruits of our amazing trees, fields and hedges.  My Spring colours collection is already planned and that too is inspired by our wonderful countryside.

Get to know Val - 

Favourite food and drink? Fish and Chips

Favourite place to eat in Shropshire? The Old Castle in Bridgnorth

Favourite independent business in Shropshire? Emma Lawrence Designs

Favourite place for a day out in Shropshire? The Shropshire Hills especially the Brown Clee – The walk to the summit is so worth the views.