THE DIARY: Bright spark becomes a little mester

Sarah Pasley
Sarah Pasley
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AND here’s another bright spark...

Sarah Pasley left a librarian job in Peterborough to come to Sheffield to learn about steel and silver.

Now she’s following in the footsteps of the city’s finest metalworkers. The 37-year-old has just had her work included in Sheffield Hallam University’s Brightest Spark exhibition – and she’s set up her own ‘little mester’-style silversmith business to boot.

“It’s quite strange but this all came about because I wanted to take night classes in Peterborough and the only one available to me was jewellery-making,” says the 37-year-old, of Dronfield.

“I loved working with metal straight away. I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

She signed on at Hallam, moved her partner and her two children up here, and has now graduated with a BA in jewellery and metal work.

She’s just set up a studio in Persistence Works in Brown Street, city centre.

This piece – three handless spoons called Eyes Bigger Than Your Belly – was her final year project. It was chosen for the exhibition, in the Cantor Building, Arundel Street, for its craftsmanship.

“To have my work go on display is such a big thing,” she says. “I’m delighted.”