Valerie has a BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria, and a Jewellery Arts Diploma from George Brown College. She works out of her studio in Fonthill, Ontario creating new designs and directions for her jewellery lines, work for exhibitions, and custom pieces. Presently, Valerie is working on satisfying the seemingly competing muses of her love of nature and color versus her love of mid-Century modern design aesthetic.
Her work has been in exhibitions across Canada, published in Lark Books "Showcase 500 beaded jewellery", "Showcase 500 art necklaces", and is on public display as part of the permanent Niagara Culture Capital of Canada collection.
Valerie Brown hand-crafts unique jewellery in a variety of media including sterling silver, enamel, pearls, beads and gemstones. Much of Valerie's work is one of a kind, although she has a couple of series in sterling or enamel.
Valerie's work has a colour element as she is an adept user of colour.
Wonder where the name 'Firepan' came from?
Well, Firepan is the registered name of her horse. He is a 28 year old, Thoroughbred gelding, whose barn name is Smedley. He was rescued from the race track, and now lives in retirement with his friend, Finn.