Emma Jane Champley is a jewellery designer & maker working with silver, gold, resin, wood, semi precious and precious stones. Inspired by the human form, she creates both one of a kind commissioned pieces and statement collections. Her work sits comfortably on the body and perfectly illustrates her design philosophy.
Emma Jane’s greatest passion is working with silver, exploring this beautiful metal’s capabilities and showcasing it in its purest form. In her work she employs simple, elegant shapes that are highly polished or roughly hammered.
Her fascination with fastenings means that often the closing and opening mechanisms in her pieces take centre stage, resulting in a playful dialogue between form and function. Emma Jane invites the wearer to interact with the jewellery, to be aware of it through its weight, feel or the sounds it makes.
Emma Jane graduated in Jewellery & Silversmithing from Loughborough College of Art and Design. She worked at a leading studio in London’s Clerkenwell before moving to Ireland in 2003 where she now lives with her family. Her home is in the beautiful Blackstairs Mountains and The Store in the Gate Lodge of Borris House is where her craft shop is located. Emma Jane is available to meet here by appointment to discuss commission work.
Emma Jane says “If I am working on a commission I like to be inspired by the customer’s brief. There is something quite intimate about the designer/patron relationship. I feel honoured to be allowed into their heads as it were, they are trusting me to make something which has never been seen before by handing over their hard earned money and getting it right is just the best thrill for me.
If I am working on ready to wear pieces, I let the act of making inspire me. Experimenting with materials, proportions, weights and techniques at the bench feels like play and usually results in the best outcomes. Knowing when to stop is also key to my work, I think it is very easy to over decorate jewellery so I am always watching out for that.”