Meet the Maker | Charlotte Tabor
Hello and welcome to Kara Jewellery, designed and crafted by me, Charlotte Tabor.
I'm been married for 28 years to my long suffering husband Pete and have 3 wonderful children. Two have left home and are living in London living their dreams. One is studying to become a doctor and the other is working in microfinance helping towards the goal of providing an education for all in the poorest countries. My youngest is at University in Bristol and loving still being a student!
Having always had an interest in handcrafted jewellery I started learning to make jewellery with lessons at a local Adult Education Centre in Tunbridge Wells, Kent when my youngest son started school. From there, my passion for making took me to London, to the London Jewellery School where I completed a year's course learning various interesting techniques.
Once I had finished my course, I began work on Kara Jewellery and making my dreams a reality by creating beautifully hand-crafted, bespoke pieces based on the love of the countryside.
I currently live and work in Kent, the Garden of England, with my husband, 3 children who keep popping home and two dogs. Willow, a huskador (Husky Labrador cross) and Jet, a rescue lurcher. If you come to visit you will be sure to meet them in their favourite place - my workshop.
Walking my dogs is a constant source of inspiration and helps to keep me grounded, always exploring and taking note of the season changes. Nature constantly paints us a new picture to enjoy from the vibrant autumn red leaf colours, the frosty spiderwebs early in the morning through to new buds opening in Spring. There is always something new to witness and enjoy.
Often asked why Kara Jewellery is named so - it came from the name of my best friend growing up, Kara. Kara - the cheeky, naughty, but oh so loving, golden retriever. We were always getting in trouble! Constantly at my side, I could think of no better way to pay tribute to my most treasured and trusted childhood friend.
Thank you for visiting my website. Being a one man band I'm a jack of all trades and master of none. Designing and making jewellery is the easy, interesting bit. Marketing, social media, accounts are all the bits you have to do when there's not one else to do it and I'm often found scrolling through my phone or procrastinating when I'm meant to be doing them!
I'd love to hear any feedback you might have on my website, good or bad, by dropping me a note on the contact form below.
Now you know a bit about me please enjoy browsing the rest of my website. I hope you find something to splash out on but if you'd like something made to order to discuss other design ideas I have then please get in touch.