Shetland jewellery designer Esmé Wilcock creates beautiful silver pieces inspired by Shetland’s landscape, sky and sea.
Each piece is made and finished by hand, creating a uniquely individual work. No two pieces are ever the same. Each item is individually cast and crafted using a traditional techniques, such as sand-casting. Esmé is comes from a family of artisans, her father was a renowned local blacksmith, and she is carrying on the family tradition with her own twist to it. She is inspired by her surroundings, using colours, designs and materials which are synonymous with her island home. She uses local sea glass, shells and sand to make uniquely Shetland works that make the perfect gift or that special souvenir to remember your Shetland adventure by.
Many items, such as her popular Groatie Buckie collection, are sold accompanied by their original cast model. The shells used to produce each piece are sustainably sourced in the local area around Esmé's workshop. When you buy a Groatie Buckie piece, you also get the original shell it has been cast from, giving you your very own little bit of Shetland.
You will find Esmé's work at a variety of quality craft stockists across Shetland and further afield. She often participates in local craft markets and events as well. However, for the full experience you should visit her in her workshop in Hillswick, which is a beautiful area for wildlife watching and coastal walks. To see the works Esmé creates, immersed in the surroundings that inspire her is well worth the trip.
If you want to make your own Shetland creation, Esmé runs regular silversmithing workshops. Check her social media for the latest programme of events or book in for an individual, customised experience. You are sure of a day to remember and a beautiful handcrafted memento.