Lee Pickering

Lee is a self-taught jeweller and artist from the North East.

Lee’s jewellery mainly focuses on bead work: earrings, bracelets and pendants/necklaces. By bead work we include pearls (freshwater and cultured), crystal beads (most often Swarovski) and other stones and metals including topaz, jade, quartz, hematite and more. She never uses base metals for the findings (the fittings and clasps), using gold or more usually silver.

Painting is something Lee enjoys doing when something sparks her imagination and provides the inspiration to paint. Much of her work is (fantasy) scenic, with an occasional abstract piece too. She mostly paints in oil or acrylic.

Aside from her art and jewellery work, Lee has always had an interest in naval history. She worked as a professional tour guide on HMS Trincomalee for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool for several years, and has also done voluntary work and acted as a tour guide to help raise money for HMS Pickle. HMS Trincomalee was the last 5 class frigate Nelson commissioned before he died, whilst HMS Pickle was the vessel that brought back the information that Nelson had won the battle of Trafalgar in 1805 but that it had cost him his life.