J.H. Leather specialises in bespoke handmade leatherwork. Jo is a multi award winning saddler who learnt how to use traditional methods to make beautiful leather products.
Jo started training in 2008 where she was enrolled onto the Cordwainer's Diploma, a two year full time college course at Capel Manor College in Enfield where, she completed her level 1 and level 2 skills tests, a part time City and Guilds craft and design course and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Graduate Bursary. Jo then went onto complete a three year apprenticeship with Laurence Pearman at Stroud Saddlery and Cirencester Saddlers. Here she finished her level 3 skills tests at the Saddlery Training Centre, Salisbury and completed the Modern and Millennium apprenticeships. While at Stroud Saddlery and Cirencester Saddlers Jo worked alongside two other master saddlers (as well as Laurence) Issi Russell and Emily White. Jo was able to enter The Society of Master Saddlers National Saddlery Competition and won on numerous occasions including five 1st place awards. In 2014 Jo was awarded the City and Guilds Medal for Excellence and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award, the latter being awarded by HRH Princess Anne at an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Jo is now a Qualified Saddler with the Society of Master Saddlers .