Charmian Harris


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Roseburn Villa Road Torrington
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EX38 8DZ
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Villa Road is a small private road off White's Lane. Roseburn is halfway along on the left and just before the sign for "Abbeyfield". It is a modern house with a large driveway and plenty of space to park.
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I have been making jewellery for over 50 years, beginning with a few hand-tools in the bedroom of my parents’ house in Cambridge to my current setup in a purpose-built studio in North Devon. I have had little formal training in jewellery although I studied ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design in the 1970s. For some years, I made jewellery in an informal, low-key way until my children were old enough to start school. In the mid 1980s, I began to expand my business, I supplied galleries, took part in exhibitions and, in 1988, I exhibited for the first time at The Golsdmiths’ Fair. I have now exhibited at this event 25 times, it is a meeting place for makers and clients alike and has been an invaluable asset to my career as a jeweller. I still work with hand-tools and rudimentary techniques but, where I used to make jewellery out of copper and brass as a teenager, I now work in Gold. I am surrounded by half a century’s worth of collected objects, precious and semiprecious stones, fossils, pebbles and pencil sketches. I weave these together with ideas to make pieces for my clients, many of whom have become good friends over the years.
Handmade jewellery in high carat yellow gold, often with silver and colourful stones. I use simple hand-tools; hammers, pliers and saws as well as a spring-driven casting machine and a blowtorch. My influences are early Greek, Roman and Egyptian jewellery as well as the work of 20th and 21st century artists.


A modern house halfway along Villa road just before the sign for "Abbeyfield".
There is plenty of room to park off the road in the driveway.
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