Harriet St Leger is a jeweller and designer located in the England’s West Country. She graduated from Central School of Art in the late 70’s with a first class degree before moving to Wales and setting up her own workshop with the help of a New Craftsman Grant from the Crafts Council. She made commissions and supplied galleries and shops such as Liberty, making beautiful pieces in the depths of Wales and taking them up to London to sell. Around this time she was commissioned by Lady Casson to make a piece to celebrate the Jubilee, a haircomb in carved rosewood with recycled ivory and gold, which was subsequently exhibited in the Victoria and Albert museum in the exhibition ‘Jubilee Jewellery’ and then again in ‘Celebration’ at Goldsmiths Hall. Over the years she has made many commissions, building up a loyal clientele, and often designs pieces using the customer’s own stones.
As well as supplying galleries, she shows her work at craft fairs and exhibitions. She is a member of the Designer Jewellers Group, who hold a regular Christmas exhibition at the Barbican London. Her latest work has been inspired by projects with large scale enamels, where she has been experimenting with various techniques and unusual colourations caused by the reaction of enamel with copper. These techniques have informed her jewellery, with inspiration from botanic gardens and deep sea algae studied at the Natural history Museum. The pieces are suitable for both men and women.
She has taught Jewellery at Bristol School of Art since 1996 and has recently set up some new classes in jewellery and enamelling at Stoke Lodge Learning centre in Bristol.