Charmian Harris is a jewellery maker who works in gold and silver with precious and semi-precious stones to create a rich, luxurious yet organic feel to her pieces.
Charmian was born in Bath, Somerset in 1953 and spent much of her early childhood in Nigeria before returning to England. She initially trained in ceramics at Cambridge School of Art and later worked at the West Surrey School of Art Farnham under Henry Hammond and Paul Barron. During this time Charmian also took part in jewellery classes with Jacqueline Mina where an interest in metalwork took hold. After leaving Farnham Charmian went to work for a time with Clive Bowen at the Shebbear Pottery in Devon.
After Shebbear, Charmian began to develop her interest in jewellery further using techniques that focus on design, colour and texture of the materials. Charmian works in different carats and colours of gold, silver and semi-precious stones. She often fuses the metal before use to give it texture and softness. Charcoal blocks are used to cast the shanks of rings and to make solid gold and silver beads that she uses as components in necklaces. Each piece is individually made using hand tools and simple equipment. Charmian sources the stones she uses from all over the world, sometimes travelling to choose them herself and she also cuts and shapes her own stones, sometimes using a diamond saw and carborundum wheels.
The main feature of Charmian Harris jewellery is the bright and luscious variety of the stones decorating them. Collecting the most effective gemstones from all over the world, she combines them to makes her creations eye catching and magical. Her influences range from early Greek and Roman jewellery to Egyptian and pre-Colombian gold pieces.