Joy Funnell


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Joy was making jewellery for many years as a hobby before she encountered silver clay in 2005 and was hooked. Within a year she trained up to Senior Art Clay Instructor, gave up the day job and leapt into a full time career as a jewellery artisan.

She took her existing passion for enamelling to a new level when in 2009 she became the first person to be made a Craftsman of the Guild of Enamellers for six pieces of work all made using silver clay and enamel. Joy says “the traditional view of many enamellers has been that you cannot enamel on silver clay. I knew this was wrong and wanted to prove my point. It is great to see respected enamellers looking at silver clay with a new understanding these days.”

As well as running her own business Joy has a part time role as Assistant Editor (Technical) for Metal Clay Artist Magazine and has been a committed participant in the 2011 Bird a Week Challenge.

Joy is passionate about colour and texture in her work and she teaches all levels of silver clay and enamelling workshops from her base in Hastings. She also travels to teach and taught at the Art Clay World UK conferences in 2009 and 2010 and the Guild of Enamellers conference in 2011. She taught a pre conference workshop and gave conference presentations at the Metal Clay World Conference in Chicago in 2011.

Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications including Making Jewellery, Make Jewellery, Art Clay World UK Newsletter, Art Clay Society Newsletter, Metal Clay Today and Metal Clay Artist Magazine. She has written step by step articles and features for various magazines and for the second year running her work is in the Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry calendar. Her work has won awards in competitions around the world.

Joy is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher, always willing to share her knowledge but only too aware there is so much more for her to learn out there.