EMILY HIGHAM

Recently graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Emily is a jeweller, designer and maker who uses the process of enameling to explore colour and pattern. Using the combination of vitreous enamel layered under industrial enamel, Emily creates delicate and asethical jewellery pieces that are inspired by honeycomb and the layers within beehives. 

Artist's Statement

Emily uses a combination of vitreous and industrial enamel within her current Hive Collection which aims to portray the beautiful colours and the aesthetical, fragile and organic quality beehives and honeycomb hold, whilst still resembling the structural shapes found within hives.

Emily has taken inspiration for her pieces from the rectangular shapes of hive boxes and the layers they are built upon, stacked in a neat uniform line above each other, contrasted with the organic unpredictability of how the honeycomb itself grows and forms around the frames within the hive boxes. These layers are then translated into formed metal and enamel, which resemble the layers built up within the boxes, both within the outside of the box and the rectangular slots hidden inside. Matched with the layers and the hidden processes within the hives, Emily states that the enameling process for her, is mainly about layering. One layer of enamel is fired on top of another, thus the process goes on. This process of enameling allows her to build up gradient layers of colours, marks and surface patterns which are then layered, scratched back and stacked up to reveal a collection of unpredictable marks and subtle assortments of colour.

Along with colour and pattern Emily is also inspired by the drawing method itself.

‘The drawing process is also a major influence which has informed my collection and for me, is the most important part of the design process. I gained the inspiration for my pieces through my drawings, such as taking influences from the quality of line within printmaking and the outcomes of colours through college. My drawings have then been translated into enamel – enamel being a versatile and aesthetical medium to use that for me acts as a type of unpredictable drawing which continues to inspire me and is a process that I want to further explore.’ 

Further Images

Hooped Yellow and Orange Earrings

Hooped Yellow and Orange Earrings

Etched hooped earrings with yellow / orange enamel. Oxidized Silver and Enamel.

Blue and Black Enamel Pendant with Rectangular Wire

Blue and Black Enamel Pendant with Rectangular Wire

Blue and black enamel long pendant with rectangular wire and oxidized snake chain. Enamel and oxidized Silver.

Hive Horizontal Necklace

Hive Horizontal Necklace

Horizontal stacked enamel necklace with a enamel tube chain. Enamel, Silver and Linen Thread.


Drop Oxidized Enamel Earrings

Drop Oxidized Enamel Earrings

Yellow and blue black drop oxidized enamel earrings. Enamel and oxidized silver.

Hive Chain Necklace

Hive Chain Necklace

Enamel, Copper, Silver and Linen Thread.

Hive Etched Enamel Brooch

Hive Etched Enamel Brooch

Yellow and orange enamel brooch with etched silver. Enamel and Silver.


Square Drop Earrings

Square Drop Earrings

Mismatched square enamel drop earrings. Enamel and silver.

Blue and black enamel earrings

Blue and black enamel earrings

Enamel stud earrings with rectangular wire. Enamel and Silver.

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