Hi I’m Calida Hartley-Potts, the creative force behind Beams and Bobbins, an independent designer/maker working from a small studio in Sparrowpit, Derbyshire.

I completed my degree at BIAD, UCE, Birmingham gaining a First Class Theatre Design Ba(Hons); working in the Theatre and TV industry for a number of years in all areas (set design, costume, props, TV) until training as a teacher in 2007.

Beams and Bobbins began in 2015 after purchasing a laser cutter for my home studio.  I Continued to work as a Design and Technology teacher for 9 years working up to Subject Leader / Assistant Faculty Leader, leaving teaching in July 2017 to develop the business and to help develop my husbands business also.

I design and make  unique, alternative and unusual statement acrylic and plywood laser-cut jewellery, apparel and other gifts; usually with a rock / punk / metal / goth vibe.  Bespoke and commisioned pieces are also welcomed.

I also offer laser-cutting workshops where you can learn to design and make your own laser-cut jewellery.

In my (limited) free time I like to ride my motorbike and perform in my band Trinity Road.