After completing a Foundation Diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design Jesa gained an Honors Degree in History of Art and Design at Winchester College of Art. Although she loved the world of art history Jesa was frustrated by the lack of hands on creativity and began to make jewellery. She went on to study Precious Jewellery at Portsmouth University and finally at the Sir John Cass dept. at London Guildhall University.
Jesa's love for dark fairytales and all things weird and wonderful is manifested in her jewellery collections which incorporate tiny sculptures of birds, animals, plants and objects into wearable stories. Jesa has been working as a professional jewellery designer for over 15 years and has been teaching and running Flux 'n' Flame alongside her husband Al since 2003.
Jesa's award winning work can be seen in shops, galleries and at shows throughout the UK and abroad as well as on her website.
Jesa works to commission as well as producing work for galleries and exhibitions.
She is also a member of the British Jewellers Association (BJA)
Al has over 20 years experience of working with all types of metal from steel and aluminium to silver and gold. A fascination for sculptural forms from cars, motorcycles and hotrods to architecture and sculpture has led him to adapt his skills to design and create jewellery inspired by these themes, often strong and simplistic in form with accents of texture or colour.
Being highly skilled in metal forming / forging techniques Al loves the challenge of creating three dimensional forms. He always focuses on the aesthetics of each individual piece making sure it works in combination with it's usability and comfort.
Al has been working as a professional jewellery designer for over 12 years and has been teaching and running Flux 'n' Flame alongside his wife Jesa since 2003.
Al also relishes his position as creative director within Flux 'n' Flame in addition to Al and Jesa's most recent joint venture 'Evermore', a collaboration of twisted imaginations through which new collections of jewellery and other oddities are created.
To see some of the things he does when he's not making jewellery have a look at Al's other work.
Al works to commission as well as producing work for galleries shops & exhibitions.
After studying Design Technology and Art at A Level Heidi went to Bournemouth Arts Institute to complete a Foundation Diploma. Her love of creating beautiful three dimensional objects took hold so she specialised in 3D Design before heading to University.
Heidi successfully studied for a B.Ed Hons in Design and Technology and became a secondary school teacher. She has been teaching Resistant Materials and Graphics at Corfe-Hills School since 2006.
Heidi expanded her skills and knowledge even more and started making jewellery as a student at Flux 'n' Flame in 2009 and joined the team in 2011 to teach the ever popular one day courses.
Congratulations to Heidi and Dave on their new baby girl Ella Mae Dawson born on the 16/11/12 at 22.38 weighing 6lb 3oz.... and is now due to have another one later in 2014!!!!!! :)
"Jewellery making has now become a bit of an obsession and I'm really enjoying being able to combine my jewellery work with my teaching"
Oh and of course Ramsay & Millie