QuercusSilver offers bold, simple, modern jewelery; handmade designs in resin and silver. Artisan Su lives in the beautiful city of Bath, England and designs and makes all of the jewelery from her workshop in the garden. Those inspiring surroudings are certainly reflected in the pieces you will find in the shop! She is also currently working on a new line of embossed and resin cuff links for Valentines.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My inspiration was my grandmother, although I never met her. She worked in Birmingham's jewellery quarter and I was always fascinated by her work. A few of years ago I took a deep breath and enrolled for a short silversmith course. And I loved it. The soldering, hammering, polishing, hot metal and alchemy of it all captivated me. I am still studying.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
At this time of year, on a cold dark winter evening,there's nothing better than cuddling up around the fire with my children and reading stories aloud. I love feeding their imaginations.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
My etsy shop is great, allowing me to develop ideas and boosting my craft and business confidence. It helps focus my attention on making my pieces as good as they can be. My biggest challenge is keeping it fresh and conveying my pride and delight in my jewellery.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Oh, my yellow angle ring. It has a strong, simple form and I love mustard yellow. Looking at this colour on your finger would surely make you smile through the winter grey

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I was going to be a writer or a sculptor.

What other shops out there do you love?
At the moment I can't stop buying from clothkits. They sell amazing modern designer skirt kits, ready to make.

I love vibrant textiles from English company MrPs.

I can't resist distictive jewellery like the collective Barcelona Jewelry or frucci's fabulous paper and metal jewellery

What does your future hold?
Sitting at my workbench, gazing out at the garden and feeling really content. Being a designer/maker is just the best job in the world.

Visit QuercusSilver at Etsy or at www.quercussilver.co.uk. Su is offering FREE Shipping until Valentines Day so this is a great time to go snag something for your sweetie.