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Angela Thoo

Metalwork and Jewellery

Once my children were all at school I decided to pursue my dream of attending Art College rather than returning to office work.  I had expected to learn how to draw and paint and had no idea how many other forms of art making I would have the opportunity to explore.  Once I was introduced to metalworking I became hooked and remain so to this day. Five years later in 1999, I graduated Herefordshire College of Art and Design  with a BA (Hons) in Design Crafts, specialising in jewellery and metalwork.

After graduation I trained to teach Design and Technology and have taught in High Schools in Herefordshire as well as two years teaching Graphics and Hard Materials in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Since returning to Herefordshire 4 years ago I have been supply teaching part-time which has given me the opportunity to spend more time developing my jewellery and sculptural work.

Outside of school teaching I have also taught jewellery evening classes and was lucky enough to be involved in the Stonemason’s Tale by guiding school children through the magical process of stonecarving to create their own sculptures.

I draw my inspiration for my work from happy times spent with my children, now grown up, exploring the riverbanks and meadows near our home.  Movement in and of the water, flowers, trees, birds and animals – often just a fleeting glimpse.  The fantastic things I have seen and experienced on my extensive travels are also absorbed into my designs.  My recent move to the beautiful countryside near the Golden Valley has brought with it a whole new landscape to explore and fresh ideas to develop.

My work is constantly evolving with new techniques and materials being used to bring my ideas to life.  Every piece is a ‘one off’ and has its own unique character.

I joined the Guild in 2012 and enjoyed taking part in some of their shows last year and will be continuing to do so this year.  For the last two years I have been selling my jewellery and sculptures at the Hereford Arts Markets held four times a year.  I often work to commission, enjoying the process of discussion, design drawings and making something specially for someone who has had input into the piece.

Address: Greystones, Pontrilas, Hereford. HR2 0BQ
Tel: 01981 240516
Email: angela_thoo@hotmail.com
Web: www.angelathoojewellery.etsy.com


Copper brooches by Angela ThooCopper and slate clock by Angela ThooFlying ducks by Angela ThooCopper Butterflies on slateCopper Sheep by Angela ThooFlower Pendant by AngelaThooPendants by Angela ThooSilver pendants by Angela ThooSilver bracelets by Angela Thoo