Emma Thorpe is a self taught metalsmith from Portstewart on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland.
From the age of 4, Emma has had a love of making beautiful things, supported and encouraged by her mother and grandmother (who was herself an artist). What started off as a passion for knitting and paper craft, is now a passion for creating sterling silver jewellery.
Influenced by her 10 year long career in archaeology, Emma uses the ancient metal-working techniques of chainmail and Viking knitting, alongside sand casting and hand forging to produce beautiful and unique pieces of jewellery, inspired by the rich and vibrant history and outstanding natural beauty of where she grew up.
Emma’s connection with her home feeds into her work, weaving meaning and significance into each piece she makes, from the powerful North Atlantic waves crashing on the shoreline, to the sunken treasure of the Spanish Armada and the spectacular geology of the Giant’s Causeway and even the enormous amount of rain we get. It is all subtly reflected in her work.
Each handmade piece made is unique, from bespoke wedding bands, to ready to wear necklaces and gemstone set pendants. Jewellery is an incredibly personal thing and finding the right piece can be extraordinarily difficult. Emma designs and creates distinctive jewellery that will be treasured forever; beautiful pieces with meaning, that will make you look and feel fabulous.