Sheffield silversmith shines on TV programme

Pictured is Rebecca Joselyn with some of her finished work in her workshop at Yorkshire Art Space

Pictured is Rebecca Joselyn with some of her finished work in her workshop at Yorkshire Art Space

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A television appearance added some shine to a Sheffield silversmith’s burgeoning career.

When artist Rebecca Joselyn showcased her talents to some of Britain’s top dealers for Channel 4’s Four Rooms, she expected a few more website hits at most.

But since the episode aired, the 30-year-old has been inundated with commissions and requests from across the UK and overseas.

The response to the show has proved so overwhelming the University of Sheffield graduate’s hands will be full for the next few months.

And her one-woman business Designs in Silver continues to receive around four email enquiries a day since the show – two weeks after it was first broadcast.

Rebecca, who works alone in her studio in Yorkshire Art Space, said: “The producers sent me an email and asked me to send some pictures of my work.

“They loved it and asked me if I’d be interested in being on the show.”

On the show, people show off curious collectables and quirky antiques and the dealers make them an offer.

Rebecca chose an item from her packaging collection – inspired by objects like gift bags and bottles – which was snapped up by one of the dealers.

The show has led to a wealth of opportunities – including creating a custom piece for a mayor in a small town in Italy.

Rebecca, from Penistone, said: “Within about 10 minutes of the show finishing my emails were going crazy.

“Silver is such a beautiful material to work with, it’s not as common as it used to be but there are lots of contemporary silversmiths out there.

“I’ve been doing this for seven years now and this is the first time I’ve done something like this. It was definitely worth it.”

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