Jeweller Erin Dolman was born and raised in Vancouver, but heard the call of the wild 2 years ago and along with her husband, artist Eric Montgomery, pulled up her city roots and settled on 4 acres in the woods of Roberts Creek on BC’s Sunshine Coast. All of Erin’s work is designed and created by the artist in her home based studio under the watchful eye of her Pug named Burl.
“I enjoy working in a small studio, I love my craft and by personally working on each piece I maintain a level of quality and originality that is very important to me.” When not hard at work in the studio Erin is an avid gardener (much inspiration comes with weed pulling), amateur naturalist and bird watcher. Each summer she eagerly awaits the Sunshine Coast’s Sleepy Hollow Hotrod Run, which attracts over 300 of the most beautiful cars from the West Coast up for a weekend of drool inducing low riders and flame jobs.
All of these diverse interests influence Erin’s work and show up in a range of pieces like her Burnin’ Ring O’ Fire, (a carved, cast silver ring with flames) and her Bird Brooches (which feature images of birds from vintage cigarette cards sealed under acrylic). Erin has been practicing her craft for about 12 years and has shown in numerous exhibitions both in Canada and the US, she is currently represented in 10 galleries including Object Designs, Circle Craft and Crafthouse gallery in Vancouver.
In 2001 she won the Rosen Groups “Niche” award for silver jewellery and in 2004 was the recipient of a VADA grant, a BC Arts Council Grant and the Circle Craft Scholarship. This funding enabled her to attend a 3 week jewellery intensive at the prestigious Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. In 2005 she won one of the inaugural BC Achievement Awards for applied arts and has recently had a piece chosen for exhibition in the Cheongju International Craft Biennial in South Korea.