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0161 832 7456 / 07962 139859

Email: tracey.birchwood@tesco.net

Your Name: Tracey Birchwood
Name of Business: Tracey Birchwood
Artform/Specialisms: Jewellery/Ceramics

Other Makers Who Are In My Studio:
Jewellery – Zelda Wong, Judith Brown, Tara Kirkpatrick, Janine Partington
Glass – Lara Aldridge, Julie Langan, Morpheus
Cards – Rachel Ellen, Amanda Ross, Leaf in Art, Maggie B
Enamel –  Janine Partington
Ceramics – Tone Von Krogh, Interlude, Arwyn Jones, Simon Shaw

How would you describe the items you produce?
I design and make contemporary jewellery. One of my collections is made from porcelain and is then intricately wrapped with very fine wire, featuring stripes and checks in an array of different colours.  Another collection of mine, which has proved popular, is made from small clusters of silver and semi-precious beads all carefully linked together to form shimmery earrings and pendants.  I mostly make quite little delicate pieces, but it’s always good fun to be able to make a really extravagant piece!

What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?
A lot of my designing I do as I make – ideas tend to naturally progress and inspire the next designs.  I am always influenced by the natural world – whether it’s the spirals on a seed cone or the petals circling a flower – a lot of what I am drawn to is always quite geometric and repetitive in pattern.  I am always drawn to bright colours and jewel-like things – whether this would be at a fairground or on a butterfly wing.  My next designs will definitely have to have roses as the starting point as I am so completely surrounded by all different varieties of them in my garden!

When you are not producing new work, what do you like to spend your time doing and why?
I love to spend time outside – I love it when the sun shines and I can potter in the garden.  Whenever I can I like to visit the beach, near to my parent’s house, walk along the sands and listen to the sea.  I love to spend time with my family and friends and what else ….. sipping a cheeky glass of Pinot Grigio!  I mean who wouldn’t!

If you were asked to describe the experience of visiting Manchester Craft & Design Centre to someone who has yet to come along, what would you tell them?
It’s a little place full of craftspeople who all make and display their work.  You can see all the artists at work and see what they are making!  It’s a fabulous place for those inspiring gifts which are handmade and therefore unique!

 

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