Debra Heywood


Debra Heywood's Bio

I was born and brought up in Liverpool until the age of fourteen when my family moved to Cornwall. Since then I have spent most of my life in West Penwith and more recently in the heart of Penzance.

The Penwith peninsula is a very special place to me and I feel very blessed to live here. There is such an amazing light and energy in the landscape around me, the rocky coves, sandy beaches and rugged coastline inspires and opens my mind to a special creativity that inspires my silver jewellery designs. I love getting out with my border terrier ‘Poppy’ and embracing the beauty and vitality of the coastline I am surrounded by.

Throughout my life I have followed an artistic path in many different ways, working in floristry, antiques, watercolour and horticulture. I later trained in silversmithing at Morrab Art School where I developed and honed my techniques as a silversmith. From here I have expanded upon my skills and many of the techniques I use in my jewellery today are largely self taught.

My studio is situated at the end of my garden overlooking Penzance Harbour and it is here I work designing and making each piece of jewellery by hand. I take a pride in each individual piece and love letting my imagination and creativity take over to create beautiful shapes, textures and patinas. I make all my earring hooks and clasps to create a completely handmade piece.

In 2013 I became a member of the Cornwall Craft Association and my work can be seen at their two galleries, Trelissick gallery, Truro and Trellowarren gallery, Helston.

My jewellery is also available in a selection of galleries around West Penwith and more recently on the island of Tresco, Isles of Scilly.

I am always open to commissions and would love to hear your ideas so please do get in touch.