Born 1967, Tauranga, New Zealand
Lisa West undertook a course at Hungry Creek Craft Workshops in 1986 where she learned the fundamentals of jewellery-making. Walker & Hall sponsored West for a further year at Hungry Creek where she worked full time learning a variety of advanced jewellery-making techniques. West then undertook a six month contract with a manufacturing jewellers and honed her production skills. In 1989 and 1991 respectively, West gained a certificate in Craft/Design and a Diploma of Applied Arts thus formalising her training and education. She has tutored in design and jewellery-making and continued studying, in the early 90s she trained with Peter Viesnik learning to make flame-worked glass beads.
Since 1994, West has worked full time as an independent jeweller and participates in national jewellery exhibitions on an annual basis. She is represented in a select number of galleries throughout New Zealand. West works in silver, glass and semi-precious stones and materials, including carnelian and mother of pearl.