I’m Karen, a silversmith with over 20 years experience in designing, making & teaching. I established BENCHspace in 2019 to share my experience and knowledge of jewellery and silversmithing and to offer people the opportunity to make in metal.
I began in 1992 working in retail jewellery, qualifying as a gemmologist (FGA) and retail jeweller (RJDip) before gaining a degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London. I worked as a silversmith within a busy London workshop, making bespoke large-scale commemorative and decorative silver artworks.
I then went on to become a fully qualified teacher working with secondary pupils teaching Design and Technology: metalwork, woodwork and plastics. I have taught all ages and abilities over the years and I strongly believe that making is good for the soul, whatever your ability. After relocating to the Essex Coast, I gained my master’s degree in Contemporary Art & Professional Practice from Essex University.
Making is mindfulness in action, so much more than just technical skills, and is extremely good for your wellbeing.
A combination of both science and art, a technical kind of magic that is fun to make and a joy to wear.
BENCHspace is all about building a creative community, offering tuition for jewellery makers and silversmiths.
The workshop is set up to be a friendly and supportive space packed with every type of tool and machine to allow your ideas to come to life.