This is a guest post by Jasmine Thomas, jesmonite enthusiast and founder of Jasminite.
Hey there! I’m Jasmine the maker and creator behind Jasminite, a small business that makes homeware out of Jesmonite. I’m originally from a small town called Mold in North Wales, and I moved to Manchester in 2015, then qualified as a graphic designer from the University of Salford in 2018. After leaving university I worked for a digital design agency for 2 years before getting made redundant this July due to the pandemic. That’s where the hobby of making jesmonite homeware turned into my full time profession.
So how did it all begin? Last December I was gifted a Christmas present to attend Katie Gillies coaster workshop, which is where I first came across jesmonite and fell in love with the material.
I’ve always been a lover of arts and crafts and liked to experiment, so after that workshop I bought some jesmonite and silicone moulds and decided to experiment more with the material. I found the process very therapeutic, making colour terrazzo chips, waiting for the mixture to set and sanding down each product was a way of creating something meaningful, fun and a time to reflect - which drastically helped with my mental health.
When I was working full time, I found my job to be stressful, limited creativity because I was stuck behind a screen all day, and I was creating for som