Hello my name is Fran, pleased to meet you!
I am a passionate designer maker and crazy cat lady based in the creative county of Staffordshire, in the UK. I am originally from Hampshire in the south of England, where I grew up surrounded by flowers, food and creativity!
I am inspired by mid century and scandinavian design, particular anything from the 1950's-70's. Anything to do with food interests me weather its vintage kitchenaila, beautify illustrated cookery books, or food its self!
I'm never happier than when my hands are dirty, if I'm not making for Tenacious Bloom, I love to be cooking or growing food. Simplicty is key to my work, I distill all my eclectic interests and inspirations in to clean simple shapes but always with an organic feel. Embracing the unique quirks of every item I create.
I get excited about many areas of design from surface pattern to contemporary craft and of course jewellery which is where it all began, when I moved to Staffordshire, to study BA Hons Design : Crafts at the end of the nineties and into the early naughties!
My multi disciplinary course allowed me flexibility, developing a design and employing whatever medium felt right to create it. I naturally leaned towards surface pattern and fine metal and graduated with a collection of sculptural silver jewellery pieces with colourful resin inclusions which took their inspiration form the natural world.
Fast forward over ten years later, I found myself studying again and this time I fell in love with clay, more specifically the purity and simplicity of porcelain. It was exploring the similarities between pastry and clay which kindled my interest in this magical substance. Many ceramicists train for years to master the material and make it work for them, but I take a much more organic approach. I work with its natual will to move and bend I allow it to be individual and so every piece is totally unique.
I design and hand craft every piece of Tenacious Bloom jewellery at my home studio, in the pretty little canal town of Stone in Staffordshire, which has long held links with the world famous Potteries industry in Stoke on Trent just a fews miles North of Stone.
I have always enjoyed the idea of multifunctional and customisable aspects to my designs and current range of joyful, witty and uplifting brooches and earrings have customisable elements. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more..... or visit my Etsy shop here!
Tenacious Bloom brings together my passion for materials, colour and design to bring you unique hand crafted pieces of joy!