I am a Canadian who came to Australia in 1999 on a business trip and loved it so much I quit my job and moved here! I have lived in Melbourne for most of the time but am now based in Geelong, Victoria.
I currently have several passions in my life. They are (in no particular order):
- Handmade jewellery
- Animals (in particular my two dogs Anya and Xander and my two cats Riley & Tara)
- Photography (a new found passion)
- My partner Dave
Betsy C Jewellery began with my addiction to silver jewellery. This addiction has been cultivated through my love of local markets. I just can’t walk past an artisan jeweller’s display without stopping and looking at everything!
Just prior to a rather large milestone birthday I discovered an artistic side I never knew I had!
I am a person that is always studying or learning something so why not learn about my addiction! While I have never considered myself to be very artistic, I decided what the heck, why not take a course in jewellery making. I figured even if it turned out I was “artistically challenged”, at least I would understand the process.
In 2013 I took an 8 week introduction night course with Annie Broadway in Geelong. I just love, love, love her work. I also love the fact that she showcases other Australian jewellery artists in her studio.
Turns out I actually have some talent for jewellery making and absolutely love it.
Add to all this my new found love of amateur photography! I’m currently taking a course and loving every minute of it. Again, who knew I was artistic!
My only regret in life is that I only discovered silversmithing and photography recently and not in those years of trying to figure out what to do with my life!
When I am not designing and making jewellery I can be found either working at my parttime job as a web developer for a local IT company, teaching puppy school classes at a local pet store, taking photos, reading magazines and books on jewellery and/or photography, working on my website or just lounging around with Dave and my fur kids trying to decide which of the above to work on!