Zoe’s journey in things handmade was triggered years ago when she was a child. She’s always enjoyed making things, and started making and selling jewellery after one of her Mum’s friends bought her a kit over 35 years ago (aged about 11). She went on to have a little jewellery enterprise going at school – her PE teacher even sold Zoe’s jewellery in the staffroom for her – and has still got her handwritten order book from the early ’80s to this day!
Despite all this, Zoe managed to do alright at school and went on to sixth form college and university and got a ‘proper’ job in the software industry. Even then she couldn’t quite give up the addiction and studied silversmithing at night school. After having her first little boy in 2006, the beads were properly resurrected and she was making and selling her jewellery again. Before long, her partner had bought her an oven for Christmas (how romantic!). In fact, the oven turned out to be a small kiln to make dichroic glass pendants and jewellery. One thing led to another and she wanted to make bigger and bigger pieces so has since upgraded to a bigger kiln (and a designated studio).
Having spent the last 12 years designing and making increasingly more glass than jewellery, Zoe took the plunge and start selling her wares online. She still makes jewellery pieces too (and still has stacks of beads!) so keep an eye out for them both online and at her regular stall at Winchester Art Market every month (3rd Sunday of the month); the stall is usually sited on the High Street outside Hobbs (which is on the stretch between Laura Ashley and Marks & Spencer), although due to Covid-19 it’s temporarily moved to Middle Brook Street car park.
The business is run from a small studio at her home in Hampshire..hence the name ‘StudioZo’…
Please enjoy looking around the site and please do come and say hello if you are ever in Winchester on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month (or on Facebook – look up facebook.com/StudioZoUK).