Dawn Dance grew up in Cornwall and after completing an Arts Foundation course at Falmouth College she then graduated from Kingston University in 1980 with a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles. After working as a textile conservator she went on to train as a gilder and antique frame restorer. She set up her own gilding and restoration business in Surrey and completed work for the antiques trade, National Trust and the Sultan of Bruni. Dawn also worked as a Lecturer, teaching a wide range of BTEC and City & Guilds craft and design courses at Chichester College of Arts, Science and Technology.
After returning to the West Country in 1999 Dawn became a Design and Technology teacher and trained in silver jewellery making techniques. She found her passion working with stones and metals.
“My jewellery is designed and made by me in my own workshop. My designs are influenced by the textures, colours and forms to be found at sea and in the landscape of the rugged South West.”