Needing a creative outlet after giving birth to her second child, Rachel Bishop, from Camelford, started to dabble in beading and jewellery making to help overcome a stint of post-natal depression. From stringing beads to making and selling her own glass beads, Rachel now runs a very successful Etsy store, which can be found online by searching for ‘Puffafish Jewellery’.
Now with 14 years of jewellery making experience under her belt, Rachel aims to complete her FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery course at Truro College before embarking on a career in the jewellery industry, turning a life-long dream into a shimmering career.
Alongside studying, Rachel also enters her work into many competitions to challenge herself and boost her industry experience. Making a last minute decision to enter a Cornish themed landscape art competition at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Rachel made every effort to impress and submitted a silver pendant, designed to represent ‘home’ for Cornish people who have since moved away.
Discovering that she had been awarded first prize, and on her birthday too, Rachel was over the moon: “I was stunned. Really, really happy but stunned. I didn’t expect to win, especially when it was a last minute decision to enter.” As the overall winner, Rachel was presented with a cash prize, which she used to replenish her materials account to buy silver for further projects. The Royal Cornwall Museum also exhibited the pendant as part of a temporary Cornwall themed exhibition showcase.
FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery Programme Leader, Rebecca Walklett was pleased with all of the successes that Rachel accomplished whilst being on the course: “Rachel worked very hard on designing and making the landscape pendant. Winning an award really validates all the hard work and I'm absolutely delighted for her; and on her birthday too!”