Kerry Bloom - Jewellery Tutor
Beginners Wire Wrapping, Beginners Wire Weaving
Previous Qualifications and Training:
I was born severely dyslexic so my route into this line of work has been mainly through research, self development and practical experience. However, I have a B-Tech in Performing Arts and am a qualified Adult Teacher/Trainer.
How did I get involved in Jewelry Making?
I was introduced to the medium of wire by my friend Dan Bell, Sculptor. I found wire incredibly satisfying to work with. As Dans work became larger, mine became smaller. Soon I was making jewelry for myself. It wasn’t long before people started admiring my work and wanting to buy pieces. Very soon I realized I preferred to teach people how to make their own pieces rather than just selling them.
Things I’ve done:
I have worked in retail. I have worked on outreach arts projects. With my band, I’ve played gigs at festivals, clubs and occasional live broadcasts on BBC and other radio stations.
Things I’m doing now.
I am a singer/instrumentalist in a band. I teach Creative Wire Work Techniques in a number of establishments. I support students with learning difficulties.
My biggest achievement so far.
Becoming a tutor. As I said earlier, I was born severely dyslexic. I have had to work very hard to become recognized in my field, having no academic qualifications.
Things I hope to Achieve in the Future:
To change mainstream educations’ view of, and approach to Dyslexia. I also hope to publish a book of my Wire Work Designs and Techniques.
Three Words that describe me are:
Committed, enthusiastic, supportive.
I was inspired by:
Anna Slovsky, friend and mentor, who opened up my creativity and gave me self-belief. She was the first teacher to show me what learning and teaching can achieve.
My favourite Jeweller is:
Archibald Knox. I have a great Love of Art Nouveau.
Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x