Natalie McPherson, who lives in Crestholme with her fiancé and three fur babies, creates the most gorgeous earrings – the perfect gift for a friend, mom, sister or daughter.
“I have always loved doing various crafts, it’s so therapeutic,” she says. Eight years ago she discovered polymer clay and started making various necklaces, also playing around with earrings. “I got a little obsessed with the earrings part,” she laughs. “Polymer clay is so versatile. The possibilities are endless, and colour mixing is my favourite part of the process.
“I eventually made more jewellery than I can wear and give away, so I started selling through a small gift shop. From there I did markets every now and then, but I really enjoyed it and wanted to trade on a more regular basis,” she says. So she started trading at the Shongweni Farmers Market last year. “I still work full-time, so I make jewellery in the evenings and over weekends.
“There is inspiration all around us. From nature to photos to even home décor items like coffee mugs and bedding, or sometimes a colour or pattern on someone’s clothing. I try to plan beforehand what I would make. Mostly, however, my hands and mind do not go in the same direction. I plan to make something specific, but end up making something totally different.”
All jewellery pieces are handmade by Natalie, with love, and are sturdy and lightweight – with 925 stainless steel, which will not irritate the skin. The style ranges from simple and elegant, to bold and bright, and to quirky. “I cater for all ages, from little character ear studs for girls to big dangles for the ladies. You are welcome to contact me for custom orders,” says Natalie – who would like to eventually open up an online shop and create more awareness of her brand.