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. Working 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 beds that she uses in necklaces. Each piece is individually hand made using simple equipment to make eye catching pieces that draw on influences that range from early Greek and Roman to Egyptian and pre-Colombian jewellery.
Charmian initially trained in ceramics at Cambridge School of Art and later studied at the West Surrey School of Art, Farnham under Henry Hammond and Paul Barron. During this time Charmain 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.