Award-winning jeweller, Erica Sharpe, has just launched a stunning new pendant design as part of her Swan collection. Designed especially for the Swans of Wells public art event, the piece complements the 60 large, individually decorated swan sculptures which will form a public art trail around the City and surrounding areas.
The beautiful single swan is created from stylish flowing lines, echoing the elegance of the swans who grace the moat of the Bishop’s Palace. Available from the beginning of June, the pendants will bear the limited edition Queen’s Golden Jubilee hallmark, and are gift boxed together with the story of the swans.
I started my business in Wells and ran my workshop and gallery there for over 13 years – it’s wonderful to be involved in something so positive and creative for the City and to raise funds for local charities
Erica is also a swan artist, having completed a decorated swan sculpture for the event.
Her ‘Forget-me-not’ Swan, is decorated with a beautiful relief pattern of scrolling leaves and painted with a glittering iridescent paint. Erica has meticulously added over 450 stained glass ‘jewels’ to complete the alluring design.
Her craftsmanship and design skills were easily transferred to a larger scale and different materials, ‘For the sculpture’s decoration, I worked loosely on the pattern and form of my ‘Stella’ collection jewellery’, says Erica. ‘It is reminiscent of beautiful tiny jewelled flowers and is also a reference to my jewellery apprenticeship in an Indian jewellers – where this kind of scrolling pattern is so prevalent’.
The Swans of Wells public art event begins in June and Erica’s jewellery will be on display at the Wells Museum, Bishop’s Palace and in her own gallery. Her ‘Forget-Me-Not’ Swan sculpture will be near the moat at the Bishops Palace until September when it will be available to buy in the ‘Swan song’ auction.