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Celebrating Achievements - New Year, New You - Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist

Celebrating Achievements  – New Year, New You

I’m starting 2018 with a positive mind. Last year was a very tough year both financially and mentally. And this time last year I was in a much darker place. Planning a wedding is both stressful and expensive, I’ll share my experiences in other blog posts, giving advice and tips of how to plan and enjoy your wedding day. So this year is about appreciating what I have, celebrating my achievements, being positive and making time to do the things I love.

I’m happy 2017 is over but it wasn’t all bad. In this post I am writing about the things that I achieved last year that I am most proud of. I made new customers and lots of special commissions, including revamping your old gold jewellery and lots of lovely wedding and engagement rings. Here’s 4 of my favourite pieces that I made last year.

I realised I like to pass on knowledge and help others succeed.

 

I hosted lots of jewellery classes in my studio and taught lovely people how to make their own pieces. I gave a talk about setting up a creative business and hosted a jewellery workshop at Strathblane Primary School, to the P7s.

I took on new interns which was both challenging and rewarding. I passed on my knowledge to my French intern, Lyngil, who was studying business and Emma, a 3rd year jewellery student from Duncan of Jordanstone, who both learned about the different aspects of running a creative practice and were with me for 2 months. As well as this, I gave a talk to the level 4 jewellery, architecture, fashion and interior design students at Dundee of Jordanstone.

It’s good to continue learning new skills for yourself, so I went on a mentoring training course and took on my first mentee. I’ve realised that I like working with other people and enjoy passing on knowledge and encourage them. I feel isolated working on my own in the studio most of the time and want to push myself to work with others this year. It’s great to give something back. I get such a buzz from teaching my jewellery classes and look forward to be teaching more students this year.

New Designs and Exhibitions

I also expanded my 3d printed collection and made new one off pieces. I exhibited at Pittenweem with my besty arty friend @jenrobsonartist and am looking forward to exhibiting again this year. I exhibited at Handmade in Edinburgh @handmadebritain which was a very high profile show. I made lots of new creative friends and opened my work up to a new audience of clients.

I still continued to do social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but I didn’t write many blog posts, so I hope to change this, in 2018. Although I find social media challenging, it does have it’s good aspects. Here’s me thinking I didn’t get much done last year, due to wedding planning. But then I looked through my social media profiles to get some inspiration for writing this blog post and then I saw everything that I did last year. I need to learn to appreciate everything that I have achieved, big and small.

In my personal life, I rocked out at lots of gigs, saw Guns N Roses in London, went on holiday to Venice. Took up Zumba and started Yoga again. But most magical of all, I got married to my soul mate and best friend and became Mrs Davidson. We had a such amazing honeymoon in Thailand and has made me rethink about how we live our lives, treat our animals and the environment. I will write a blog post about my experience in Thailand and a new project which I am thinking of doing.

Testimonials

Can't thank you enough it was exactly as we asked for and a lot more x better start saving for the Eternity ring you're going to be making next for June .... a very happy couple xx

Sean

My family bought me a voucher for a 1:1 workshop to make a silver ring for my Birthday. Genna's workshops are informative in the process of jewellery making and good fun. Genna has a lovely teaching style.

Best of all you go home with a beautiful ring you made.

I would definitely do another workshop and if I could give Genna 10 stars I would. Thank you.

Samantha

Picked up my Wedding Ring today and words can't describe how happy I am. It looks amazing. Few wee (happy) tears on the way home. Thank you so much. p.s. thank you from my "Mum" too xxx

June

Genna design recently carried out a repair on my wife's engagement ring. I could not fault Genna's workmanship and the cost of the repair was very competitive. I would not hesitate to return in the future.

Michael

I had a fantastic time on Saturday, thanks Genna for being patient. Love my ring. Robert asked what I was making next so I might be back. Thanks once again for a great day x

Liz

Had a lovely day with Genna making our wedding rings! What a great touch to add to our special day! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to make their wedding rings, more than just a ring!

Stephanie 2018

Genna created my engagement and wedding ring and they are absolutely beyond perfect! She really took her time at the initial consultation and went over all of the tiniest details - when we got the pictures of the finished rings I was totally blown away - they were exactly what I had pictured in my head, if not better!!

Jessica

Genna, it was lovely to meet you last evening and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the beautiful necklace. It is truly gorgeous. What a talent you have. I've not taken it off since last Thursday! I was even wearing it for Crufts all weekend!

Keep following your dream!

Jenny Campbell 2018

Really enjoyable and educational day, we both had loads of fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to make there own personalised ring

Gordon & Gill

As Alison and Ron’s neighbours we have witnessed first hand this special and devoted love and the beautiful commission pieces you made reflect beautifully their enduring love . Alison wears them with humble pride.

Yvonne

Today my mother enjoyed her Christmas treat from us – a four hour ring making class with jeweller Genna Delaney. She totally loved it and has made a wonderful ring. She reckons Genna is a natural teacher. As a former head teacher she’s good at spotting such talents. If you want to learn jewellery making then Genna is the person to see!

Prof Mike Press

Whoah this blog is fantastic. I love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you can aid them greatly.

Natalie

I'm over the moon with my ring! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece which means so much to me. I absolutely love it.

Irene 2018

Thanks so much for the beautiful ring I bought yesterday!! Will be in touch about a commission a piece soon!!

Julia Wang, NY

Genna has lots of lovely jewellery to buy. The best things are bespoke though. She made me a few unique items using much loved heirlooms and updating them.

Bonnie Lee, TX