How would you feel if you could have a special piece of jewellery that was made just for you or a loved one?
Hi, I'm Genna Delaney, an award winning jewellery artist / designer and have been running my practice since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee in 2006. I'm looking forward to welcoming you to my new jewellery studio this weekend coming. (23th/24th October).
I've always wanted to take part in Open Studios North Fife but as my studio was based at Wasps, Dundee, I was never able to take part. While living in Dundee, I loved to look over the Tay at the houses of Tayport and Newport and think how nice it would be to live across there, some of my pieces are inspired by this view. In 2019, I sold my flat and bought our family home in Tayport with my husband and baby girl. Last year I had a summerhouse built to set up my new garden studio and after 15 years of having my studio at Wasps, it's been quite a transition, working from home, being a mum and having a garden. Due to covid I've not had an official opening so I'm really excited to welcoming visitors this weekend.
Over the years, I have always pushed myself to design new collections, expanded my skills while using different materials and techniques in my work. This is why I have so many styles to choose from including the signature component collection, the colourful perspex and silver collection, the rollered and textured silver collections, not forgetting the newest collection 3D Formation which combines handmade skills with 3D printing technologies. I used to have 25 outlets stocking my jewellery throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales and exhibited at trade fairs throughout the UK. However I have downscaled my stockists and now have 3 local shops that stock my work. The main focus in my work now is designing bespoke commissions and one off pieces for individual clients. I work mainly in silver with gemstones but also design and make bespoke commissions in gold and platinum. One of my specialties is designing and making unique engagement and wedding rings.
Helping the environment - During covid has allowed me to stop, appreciate the world and try to do as much as to help maintain it. This is why I use eco and recycled gold and silver in my work and can revamp/ melt down your old sentimental pieces. I am also looking at how to incorporate recycled plastic into my work and have been doing local beach cleans with Tayport Beach cleans.
Passing on the knowledge - After art school, I was going to do a teaching degree, but as my business took off I never had a chance to fit it in. Handmade skills are a major part of my practice and I with lots of technologies changing the trade, I don't want to handmade skills to be lost. This is why I love to teach and have been hosting bespoke, one to one jewellery making classes as well as small groups of 2 -4 people in my WASPS studio for years. My new studio is a lot smaller so due to Covid I can only offer one to one classes or classes of 2 people at a time. If you would like to find out more about my classes head to https://www.gennadelaney.com/jewelleryclasses/
Inspiration - my main passion is to produce beautifully crafted, meaningful pieces for individual clients that carry sentimental value. I love working in larger, sculptural pieces (in particular statement rings) with limited edition and rare gemstones. I'm inspired by nature, beach combing, rock formations and architecture so my work combines contemporary design with rustic details. Being based in Wasps, Dundee in an industrial estate, inspired architectural angular pieces. But now that my studio is in the garden, surrounded by green space and natural forms, I feel that my work is going to evolve to a more organic feel and would love to produce some large sculptural pieces. I have also found a passion for gardening. Our garden was once part of the Open Gardens (before we owned it) so as someone who was never very good at even keeping a succulent alive, I had a lot to live up to. My garden is constantly evolving and changing, there is so much to learn. It is by no means perfect, but I welcome you to relax and wonder through it after browsing and perhaps treating yourself or a loved one to a unique piece of jewellery.
If you would like to find out more about my work, but can't make it this weekend, check out my website https://www.gennadelaney.com/ or follow me on Facebook @gennadesign or Instagram @gennadelaneyjewellery
I look forward to meeting you at the weekend.