Emily Bedford creates jewellery collections drawing on 20 years of bench experience. Her visual language can be described as a clean and crisp contemporary style with an historic essence.
Emily’s career began in 1995 at Sir John Cass (now Metropolitan University) with a series of practical and skill-based City and Guilds courses in enamelling, silversmithing and jewellery design/manufacture. At her first open studio event in 2000 a Japanese department store ordered 50 pairs of solid gold earrings providing her with sufficient capital to embark on a full-time career.
Selected for an incubation programme for jewellers based at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in 2017, Emily developed her modern medieval style and the intention to be a traditional jeweller working at the bench was cemented.
In 2022 she received a grant from The Goldsmiths’ Centre for the purpose of studying the ancient art and technique of applying vitreous enamel to precious metal. This endeavour took her to study in Paris and led her to work with experts in the field of enamelling.
Every jewellery piece is made in her personal single studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn in London and in nearby Hatton Garden, where she employs the expertise of specialist master stone setters and Computer Aided Design companies. Many years of dance training contributes to a fluid and experimental way of working: copper is often used to make samples and test pieces. Once the style is perfected, their final version in precious metals and stones is meticulously created.
Nowadays Emily fills her time learning new things, further exploring the art of jewellery making and, of course, dancing.