Jan started his jewellery career by completing a traditional apprenticeship in his native homeland, England. During his apprenticeship, Jan primarily worked on chain repairs and ring sizing, and eventually started playing with making his own designs. Upon completing his apprenticeship, Jan moved to HK to work for a well known local jewellery company and found the pace shockingly fast. Pursuing his dream to becoming an independent jeweller, Jan started his first own jewellery collection. 20 years running his own company and workshop, Jan joined Hatton Jewellery Institute.
Since joining Hatton Jewellery Institute as Course Director, he has implemented a variety of new courses. From the challenging locket project all the way to basic and advanced gem setting. Jan’s passion for jewellery is never ending. Hatton Jewellery Institute allows Jan to share his unique knowledge of jewellery making with his students. Having had such training in a traditional workshop he is able to share special techniques and tips only learnt in commercial workshops. The tradition of jewellery making is an art form handed down from generation to generation. Something you do not learn in a jewellery making college course. This combination of incredible knowledge and his passion for jewellery continues in his classes. Its a passion that is obvious to see when attending his courses. There is always something to learn in jewellery, whether having had twenty years on the bench there are always new techniques. As technology increases its influence in jewellery manufacturing, the ancient and traditional skill are still irreplaceable and a must know for any serious jeweller to master. In Jan's words “It’s the best job in the world”.