I have been making jewellery since 2011. My designs reflect my love for nature and natural materials, it has given me a chance to use the numerous shells, seeds, acorns that are in most of my coat pockets.
After 10 years as a Staff Nurse I decided to pursue my creativity and studied for a B.Ed in Art & Education. For the next 15 years I was an art coordinator and advanced skills teacher in primary schools.
I set up my first workshop in a small bedroom. But as my skills and confidence grew so did my need for more room. In 2015 I designed a garden workshop which was based on the functional 'bedroom space' but enlarged to incorporate soldering, hammering and forging areas. It has also become a great space to teach my skills to others through workshop days.
A National Trust Supplier
In 2017 I became a supplier to the National Trust which fits well with my ethos of working with and from natural materials.
My work can be seen @
14 Kings Parade Cambridge CB2 1SJ
The Cathedral Shop
The Old Choir House
Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5JU
Anglesey Abbey National Trust Shop
Quay Lode Road
Lode, Cambridgeshire CB25 9EJ
Sutton Hoo National Trust Shop
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DJ
Wicken Fen National Trust Shop
Wicken Cambridgeshire CB7 5XP
The Prospects Trust Unwrapped
13 Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4EG
Cambridge open Studios weekends in July
I open my workshop to the public as part of Cambridge Open Studios.
My husband Bob is a painter and animator. He exhibits his work with me in our purpose built studio.
Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic 2020's Cambridge Open Studios has been cancelled, but see News & Events page for information about an alternative Open Studios.
Carol Banks Jewellery is a division of Animation Studio Ltd along with Bob Banks Art