Apr 19, 2015

Welsh Week: From Dentist to Jeweler, an Interview with Menna Lloyd


Changing career gave me a new start

What made you change career?

After a successful career as a dentist, it is a cliché, but I had always wanted to do something creative. I had thought about Art School in my teens, but my dad didn’t see it that way! Three years ago I decided to take the plunge, did a Diploma at The London Jewellery School in Hatton Garden, London’s jewellery quarter, and I haven’t looked back!

What makes your jewellery different?

All my pieces are wearable art, and tell a story. Most have a Welsh or Celtic influence. Several of my collections are based on Ancient Welsh tales such as the Mabinogion. In this way, I can bring Ancient Welsh heritage to life. I use fine and sterling silver, 24 carat gold foil and various semi precious stones


I use special techniques that allow me to transfer drawings and text into the pieces. I transfer digital imagery onto the surface of silver by using a special silver clay. I also transfer colour images onto a special clay, coated with resin. I am always looking for different techniques to give my collections that extra dimension…

What have been your main inspirations?

Without a doubt my late mother’s love of Welsh poetry and history. I was also very fortunate in being asked by the National Library of Wales to be part of a special project. I was able to get the rights to use an amazing collections of drawings, paintings and ancient manuscripts to create my jewellery. This has been vital in allowing me to develop my own distinctive style of jewellery. One of my collections features in a major exhibition at the National Library and is now for sale on their website. There are many more in the pipeline!


What would be your Top Tips for someone wishing to set up a new business as you have done?

Get sound business advice at the very start to develop your Business Plan
Get to know your customer base like the back of your hand
Take an hour out every Monday morning in a coffee shop to plan plan plan
If you need to develop new skills get the right training
Make sure your product or service makes you stand out from the crowd
Go with your gut instinct!


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