Wesley Harris

From his studio overlooking the ocean, Wesley Harris has come a long way since 1972 when he began silversmithing under his high school art teacher, who allowed him to work independently and to learn by trial and error. Harris lives and works in the western part of the island of Newfoundland in Atlantic Canada.


In 1981, Wesley Harris received his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, U.S.A. and, until 1986, he worked as a commercial tabletop silver designer with Lunt Silversmiths in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Since returning to Canada in 1986, Wesley has been self-employed as a silversmith and goldsmith. In 2015, he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). Wesley has exhibited his work extensively in Canada and has pieces in public and private collections throughout Canada, U.S.A, U.K, Australia and Norway.

Nature inspires Mr. Harris. Nature offers endless examples of variety within order, which parallels Wesley’s preference to create one-of-a-kind yet familiar objects. Nature also offers endless examples of form and function fused, which are like recipes for beauty, and which inspire Wesley as primarily a maker of utilitarian pieces. In his designs using precious metal and stone, he strives to create objects that simply feel right. Feelings of thickness and substance, lyricism, clarity, and the play of light in Wesley’s work all reflect Nature on some level.


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