How did I start doing this?
Written by John van Spaandonk   
Thursday, 10 February 2005
The first question people ask me when I tell them I create jewelry for a hobby is:

What gave you the idea to start this hobby?

Well, I don't know. I guess I always liked working with my hands. That would explain the fact that have a PhD in electronics right? Hmm.
Anyway, I always wanted to be a surgeon. I studied electronics instead, and now I am making jewels. Making sense yet?

The story goes something like this.
A few years ago my wife told me she would like to go on a ceramics course and would I like to join her.
No way Jose!

But wait, there was also a course in gold/silversmithing. This sounded interesting, so I succeeded in convincing my wife to accompany me to this course instead. I am a rather enthousiastic person, and my tutor looked a bit concerned when I asked him where the gold was (this was the first lesson). But everything turned out all right.

Our group is guided by a professional goldsmith who has a workshop and shop in Weert, Limburg in the Netherlands. We are lucky to have such an experience teacher!
I have been taking these workshops for three years now.
Take a look at the projects section to see some of the things I made.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 February 2005 )