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Faculty: Valerie Davidson

Valerie Davidson has been a designer and maker of jewellery for over 30 years. She began her career in her hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, as an apprentice to Libby Smyth. She then studied Metal and Jewellery Arts for 3 years at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, graduating in 1984. Since then, she has been a self-employed designer and maker of jewellery. Valerie has worked in many cooperative situations. She spent a year as a resident at the Harbourfront Craft Studios in Toronto, where she rented studio space, and taught classes as well. Then a desire to get back to a more pastoral setting took her to the Barrie area where she was one of the founding members of Celeden Studios, a cooperative working space that also housed a retail gallery. Valerie's work is exhibited and sold in selected craft galleries across Canada. Her jewellery has often been described as sophisticated and somewhat sculptural with clean lines and lots of movement. She works with sterling silver for the most part, but also uses gold, copper, brass, bronze and some stones. Valerie has also developed a line of jewellery based on children's drawings.

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