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I’m Jeremy, the man behind Handmade in Cornwall. I create all the slate products that HMIC sells, and I also run the stands at craft shows, as I like to get out of my workshop to meet customers.
I had many jobs before Handmade in Cornwall, but always had in mind I wanted to be self employed. I love the autonomy and the creative freedom slate gives me.
My very first slate creation was a clock, made out of a left-over slate from my home extension. It still hangs in my kitchen today. Around the time I made that, I’d visited a trade show and watched some German craftsmen making slate hearts for show-goers. So there it was – inspiration!
The ideas for my products often come from customers themselves. This is why I love going to shows – customers tell me what they like, ask me if I make specific things, and make suggestions for how I could change the products I have. Pictures from my very first show in 2012 make an interesting comparison with the items I’m making these days.
I work the slate using mostly hand tools: slate snips, a hole punch, and a traditional slate roofer’s hammer. I have a slate guillotine for cutting straight edges, which leaves a chipped edge to give more character to the finished product. I also use a diamond-tipped tile cutter when I need a sharp edge, for instance on some of the garden features.
It’s a messy, dirty, dusty job, but all that is well worth the end result. I love to see my products travelling with their new owners all over the world, and get a buzz from creating items which will out-last me!