Weslay Harris has a gift for story telling and an immense breadth of knowledge of technique and design in jewellery and silversmithing. He will be giving a public artist talk and tour of his exhibition, Mentor and MetalSmith, this Sunday on his last day in Nova Scotia before ferrying back to his home town of Corner Brook Newfoundland.
Wesley Harris began silversmithing under his high school art teacher, Arthur Brecken. Both this gentleman and his subsequent instructor at Cranbrook Academy of Art allowed Wesley to work independently and to learn by trial and error. During this time he thought a lot about creativity relative to one’s sources of inspiration, and this became the subject of his MFA thesis titled “Design: Approaches and Personal Philosophy”.
The underlying inspiration in Wesley’s work is Nature. Its endless diversity within order parallels his own choice to create one-of-a-kind yet familiar objects. His work does not always quote Nature directly, but rather embodies its underlying principles such as fusion of form and function. Wesley lives in ruggedly beautiful western Newfoundland and his studio overlooks the ocean.
Wesley works full time as a professional artist and creates high-end pieces. His website (www.wesleyharris.ca) features present and past work. The site also includes an educational tab called “Process” that shows how 32 of his pieces were made. In 2003 Wesley received a Canada Council grant to research the Japanese technique of mokume gane (woodgrain metal) and to create mokume hollowware. In 2015 Wesley was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA).