Meet The Maker – Miranda Sharpe

Miranda Sharpe - Jeweller

Miranda Sharpe - Jeweller

Miranda started her professional practice/business designing and making contemporary jewellery in 2001 and has exhibited and sold her work widely across the UK and also ventured into the international market place.  Miranda enjoys the challenges of designing and producing a unique range of jewellery that holds commercial possibilities, alongside opportunities to create one-off or commission specific piece’s that can be larger/ bolder in design.

Curl Necklace - silver and enamel

Curl Necklace - silver and enamel

Miranda studied for a BA Hons degree in 3D design at Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by an MA specialising in jewellery design at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. In her latest collection the forms have evolved from an initial interest in feathers and the connotations with decoration and display.  The elements are simplified, abstracted and combined to create wearable compositions using silver, vitreous enamels and resin with some gold details.

Miranda Sharpe - Alula cuff

Miranda Sharpe - Alula cuff

Miranda’s approach to jewellery is to express what interests her visually, drawing on shape and form from the natural world and presenting it an abstracted way. Through the design process she explores form through simple lines and how repeating or layering materials and components can change the effect of a piece.  She is interested in three dimensions and view the elements of pieces as individual forms; Miranda aims to achieve structure within her work.

Miranda Sharpe - Wire necklace, silver and enamel

Miranda Sharpe - Wire necklace, silver and enamel

Miranda Sharpe - Alula brooch

Miranda Sharpe - Alula brooch

Miranda employs a variety of processes to make her work. She begins by working silver sheet, often it has texture added to it by rolling it through a rolling mill with an item. She forms pieces by using hammers and steel or wooden stakes, using pliers to shape wire and bending around forms. Components are fabricated and joined by soldering elements together; she also uses methods of riveting or pegs to connect two pieces together without soldering. Pieces are finished by polishing the metal surface or rubbing with pumice for a matt surface. When a matt or satin finish is used Miranda often burnishes the edges with a steel tool so that they are shiny in contrast.

Miranda Sharpe - Curl stud

Miranda Sharpe - Curl stud

Miranda Sharpe - ring

Miranda Sharpe - Silver Enamelled Ring

Miranda uses vitreous enamels and resin for colour in her work. The vitreous enamel comes in a powder form which she grind swith water in a pestle and mortar so that it is really fine. She applies the wet enamel to the cleaned metal surface letting it dry before firing in a kiln. Heat melts the enamel and fuses it to the metal surface. Sometimes the enamel is applied dry and sieved onto the metal.

Miranda Sharpe - three segment necklace

Miranda Sharpe - three segment necklace

Miranda Sharpe - Wing Brooch

Miranda Sharpe - Wing Brooch

After a period of research Miranda is developing a new body of work alongside continuing existing collections. This explores ideas of emotion and emotional responses. One strand is inspired heavily by microscopic images of disease and bacteria, translating images of matter that we find unpleasant and finding the beauty within it to evoke a contrasting response. For this work she is exploring scale by working on larger pieces for walls as well as pieces of jewellery. Heart Gallery is looking forward to seeing the end results.

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