About the Artist
Sheila Holness (N.D.D. A.T.C.) qualified originally as a painter
and potter and taught art, specialising in pottery, in secondary
and adult education for 10 years, before beginning to explore
her interest in enamelling and then in jewellery design and
making. She began selling her work at Craft Fairs, whilst
bringing up her young family, in the mid-1970s, firstly her
enamelled pieces and then developing work in silver and gold.
Once the children were grown, and Malcolm, her husband, had
retired, she extended the number of Craft Shows venturing
as far afield as Scotland and the Channel Islands. She also
began to sell through shops and galleries. She was a full
member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, as a jeweller, for
25 years, until moving to Somerset in 2002, when she was elected
as a member of the Somerset Guild.
work is handmade in Somerset. She works in Sterling silver,
9ct & 18ct gold. Each piece is designed and made by her
alone. All the gold pieces, and all silver pieces weighing
over 7gms (and some weighing less) bear a British Hallmark.
Her style is unique, and very much her own. Some pieces are
handmade, some cast, and some a combination of both. Designs
are based on smooth, flowing curves, or the movements of water
as it flows around obstructions. She loves contrasts; polished
metal against matt or textured surfaces; solid metal against
open wire work, gold against silver, or combinations of red,
yellow and white gold.
where used, are the focal point in the overall design, and
she enjoys combining their colours in unexpected and subtle
ways. She particularly loves Opal, for its endless variety,
and Tourmaline, for its vast range of slightly offbeat colours.
She will happily set your own stones, either into an existing
design, or into a new one created to suit your personality
and style. Alternatively you can choose from her stock of
very beautiful opals and other stones,or have a special stone
found for you, at the price and quality you desire.
early 1990s, Sheila began to design and produce a set of Miniature
Garden Tools in silver. These have proved to be extremely
popular for gardeners and doll's house enthusiasts. The set
is still expanding, often at the instigation of a customer
who might request a particular tool, and she is always happy
to listen to suggestions for more items!