Emma Joyce first started making jewellery on her 50th birthday when she was given a class for a gift. Today, she is a successful jewellery maker with a passion for exploration. Here, she chats to myCornwall about inspirations, taking risks and her unique material style.

Hi Emma! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into jewellery making…

I was given a voucher by a friend who is a Goldsmiths trained jeweller as a present on my 50th birthday. After my first class where I made a sea glass ring I was hooked, I have always made things and studied Fine Art textiles at college with local artist Sue Dove. I then did an evening class and basically pestered everyone I knew who made jewellery for tips, tools and advice!

How would you describe your jewellery?

I usually describe myself as an artist that makes jewellery as opposed to a jeweller or silversmith, think as artist  have a different approach to making jewellery and I love to mix silver with other materials to add colour and texture to my work.

Tell us about your inspirations for your pieces…

Jewellery has quite a lot of engineering  and I spend a lot of time working out how pieces hang together. I always wear my pieces for a few days to make sure that they work and hang right and are comfortable to wear.

I am often inspired by outfits. I think it’s my back ground in textiles, but will see an outfit and think about what style/colour of jewellery would go with it .

What materials do you use?

The way I process the polymer is quite unique and breaks all the rules of polymer. My new work with polymer involved me starting right from the beginning. I had a really clear idea of what I wanted but couldn’t find anyone else doing it, so had to develop my own techniques and look and combine that with my silversmiths’ skills, which proved be to a winning combination and quite new and exciting. It has meant my work has been accepted into some really fabulous galleries.

Is there any particular piece you are most proud of?

I am particularly proud of the first large statement necklace I made with polymer, it was so exciting to discover a completely new material and it’s so light and relatively easy to use in comparison to silver, the possibilities are endless!

Where can we find your work?

My work is featured in Circa 21 PZ, the owner Esme Burton is a trained Goldsmith jeweller and has been like a mentor to me, advising me, encouraging me and promoting my work. In fact, I have had lots of help from many other artists, makers and gallery owners, I have been amazed by the support from other makers and try to do my bit to help others.

Thanks Emma!

Emma will be showing her work at Morvah School House on October 19th and you’ll be able to catch her at the Etsy Made Local Cornwall 2019 show from November 15th to 17th.

Emma is also a member of Penzance Studios.

Find her work in the following galleries:

Circa 21, Penzance

Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion

Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Far and Wild Living, Perranporth

Artisan Tremenheere, Tremenheere

Four Crows, Porthleven 

Spindrift Gallery, Portscatho