My Story

Hi I’m Calida Hartley-Potts, the creative force behind Beams and Bobbins.  I create Gothic and Alternative statement jewellery in my small studio in Sparrowpit, Derbyshire. You’ll find me undertaking ALL aspects of my little business  – designing, making, admin and postage!

Before becoming Beams and Bobbins (2015), I completed my degree at BIAD, UCE, Birmingham gaining a First Class Theatre Design Ba(Hons) in 2005. I worked 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. I Continued to work as a Design and Technology teacher for 9 years working up to Subject Leader / Assistant Faculty Leader, leaving this profession in 2017.

Beams and Bobbins began in 2015 after purchasing a laser cutter for my home studio and became a full time business in July 2017  when i left teaching to develop this and my husbands’ businesses.

I love designing and making  unique, alternative and unusual statement acrylic and plywood laser-cut jewellery, apparel and other gifts; usually with a rock / punk / metal / goth vibe.  I find inspiration in anything dark!

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

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