Erica Sharpe

Erica Sharpe Fine Jewellery

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

8 Borough Mall Wedmore Somerset BS28 4EB

Biography:

Ethical materials, individual handmade attention to detail and exquisitely crafted jewellery pieces to reach across generations are at the heart of Erica Sharpe’s Fine Jewellery. Each piece of Erica’s jewellery tells a story: beginning in her studio with a sketch, painting or sculpture inspired by the wildlife, heritage and landscape of the the South West – quintessentially English designs with a very distinctive and elegant signature style. Every piece is developed as a combination of artistic design, ethically sourced materials and technical skills honed over 30 years as one of the UK’s leading contemporary jewellers. Commissions are a speciality and, inspired by her customers’ lives and stories, Erica creates unique designs, bringing intimate and personal meanings to life and crafting precious, distinctive jewellery to treasure. With nearly 30 years experience as a jeweller, Erica is a pioneer in ethical jewellery production, working in Fairtrade or recycled precious metals, and ethically sourced gemstones, being one of only a few jewellers in the world licensed to trade in Fairtrade gold.  She is continually looking into ways to bring new options in other high quality materials to her customers. Erica studied ancient and modern techniques alongside many masters of the craft, is a qualified gemmologist, diamond grader and Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and is one of the only jewellers creating unique pieces that combine precious metals and Cornish tin. Born in rural Somerset to a botanist and zoologist, she began designing from the age of 17, illustrating work for local wildlife trusts and posters for campaigns. Following an apprenticeship in a traditional Indian Jewellers, she furthered her jewellery making skills from within the trade and moved back to Somerset to start her own business in 1992.

Specialist Techniques:

Granulation Platinum Work Hand Alloyed Gold Filligree Wire-Work Designing Hand-crafting 22ct Gold Work Qualified Gemmologist    

Awards:

Selected awards: Finalist South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2016 Gold Award winner South West Fairtrade Business Awards, 2015 Finalist Retail Jeweller ‘Ethical Jeweller of the Year’ Award 2015 Finalist ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014′ 2014 JewelStreet ‘Fine Designer’ Award ‘Designers of Excellence 2013′ Touring Collection – Houlden Group & Jewellery Show 2013 Designed and made a Catwalk Collection for the Jewellery Show, Birmingham NEC (2012) Winner of the 2012 British Jeweller’s Association 125th Anniversary Design Award Work selected for the Queen’s visit to Somerset (2012) Commissioned work for auction at an Olympian event (2012) Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (2011) License Holder for Fairtrade Gold granted by The Fairtrade Foundation (2011)

Education:

2005 Micro-Wire Work Masterclass UCE2004 Granulation Masterclass UCE1997 Retail Jeweller's Diploma1997 D.G.A1996 F.G.A Training / Apprenticeship1985 Apprenticeship with a traditional Indian jewellers in Bristol, trained with and worked for Michael Page.

Exhibitions:

Selected exhibitions: 2015 'I Do' Fairtrade Foundation campaign launch and exhibition at Cox and Power, London Launch of 'The Honey Makers' new Fairtrade Silver jewellery for Fairtrade Fortnight Art in Action, Demonstrating Fairtrade Gold jewellery making CCD, Cheltenham A2 Gallery, Wells, Somerset 'The Extra Mile' exhibition 2014 Somerset Arts Week: Open Studios Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham Craft in Focus: RHS Wisley Exhibition ‘Jewels' Exhibition - Somerset Guild of Craftsmen 2013 ‘A Life in Jewellery’ - Solo Exhibition, Somerset Crafts Jewellery Show, Somerset House, London International Jewellery Show, Birmingham NEC Art in Action Goldsmiths Pavilion, Somerset House, London Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham Somerset Arts Weeks, Buckland Dinham, Frome Designs of Excellence Touring Collection, Houlden Group 2012 Residency at Brison’s Veor, Cape Cornwall Commissioned work for auction at a 2012 London Olympics event Work selected for exhibition for the Queen’s visit to Somerset Goldsmiths Pavilion, Somerset House, London Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design Exhibition ‘The Great Crane Project’ Exhibition, Slimbridge ‘Essence’ ethical jewellery, part of ‘Treasure’, Somerset House, London Jewellery Show London, Somerset House. ‘Swans of Wells’ public art event; artist, designer.

Publications:

Selected publications: 2015 Inside Jeweller - Q&A Feature Featured in ‘Fine Jewels’ Showcase in Professional Jeweller magazine Somerset Life magazine feature 2013 Jewellery Focus Magazine - Ethical Jewellery Feature National Trade publications ‘Designers of Excellence 2013 The County Magazine - Ethical Jewellery Feature Make Jewellery Magazine - feature ‘5 Minutes with Erica Sharpe’ 2012 Somerset Life National Trade publications BJA Award coverage Cornwall Today The New Encyclopedia of Jewellery Making Techniques (Search Press Ltd) 2011 Shot video ‘The Cry of Tin’ with R&A Collaborations, https://vimeo.com/59050495 Cornwall Today Somerset Life 2010 Cornwall Life Cornwall Today Workbench Guide to Jewellery Techniques, (Thames and Hudson)


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    Stella Necklace (1)

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    Stella Bangle

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    Honeysuckle Pendant (1)

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    'Leaping Hares' ring (1)

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    'Leaping Hares' ring

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    Hare in the Moon pendant

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    Fairtrade Gold Wave & Shore Ring

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    Atlantic Sunset

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    Honeysuckle pendant

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    Sakura Ring (1)

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    Granulation ring

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    Granulation earrings

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    Fairtrade Gold 'Stella' bangle (2)

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    Swan Ring with Paraiba Tourmaline

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    Stella necklace

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    Stella Earrings

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    Stella Drop Earrings

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    Swan Bangles

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    Swan Ring

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    Honey Bee Dance Ring

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