Come and enjoy our gallery which supports over forty talented designer makers. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Sara Withers selects beads from all corners of the world to combine into jewellery that is designed to be eye-catching yet easy to wear. Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings include designs created from amber, agate and jasper as well as ceramic and glass.
She says, ‘I have been working with beads for an extraordinary number of years! I started by selling loose Indian beads, supplied by the kilo, wrapped and despatched from a bedroom. This wasn’t very fulfilling so I learnt to make jewellery using the beads. I now design and make jewellery with a range of beads – either self-made, commissioned or sourced from interesting suppliers worldwide. I’m currently working on a tenth book, this one co-authored with Xuella Arnold. The most recently published titles are The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques, and The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques.
She is the author of many books on bead jewellery projects. As well as designing, making and selling her jewellery, she teaches bead and jewellery making. ‘Another related interest’, she tells us, ‘is the Arkell bead collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford which I spoke about at the Istanbul International Bead and Beadwork Conference in November 2007.’
All earrings are on sterling silver wires and all metals comply with EEC regulations.