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FIONA HERBST JEWELLERY DESIGNER

My name is Fiona Herbst and I live with my husband and my menagerie of animals in the townland of Portlean, a picturesque rural location in Co. Donegal, Ireland. I have four children.
Art and creativity has always been part of my life. Both my parents and grandparents were collectors of fine art. Although I always wanted to go to art college, I was directed towards a more ‘sensible’ choice of career, my other interest - social work.
But art was never put aside. In college, I discovered polymer clay. Creativity was my form of relaxation. I would knit, sketch, paint, write and then I discovered polymer clay. At first I started making brooches and earrings for friends and family and this led me to selling from a billboard on the streets of Belfast. My sales contributed to my much needed entertainment expenses during the hard times of student life.
When starting my career as a social worker, I retired from making jewellery to sell. But about 8 years ago when I was asked to contribute something for a school fair, I remembered my old box of polymer clay and in this moment I rediscovered my passion for working with clay.
With the fair being a resounding success and my children older, I decided that the time had come to try a change of career. My mantra is that when life throws opportunity in your path, it is up to you to pick it up and go!

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