Corinna Pike is a fine artist whose work is based on a unique background that has shaped her style and individual approach. She is a British artist designer in London, and experienced in fine jewellery and presentation silverware. Having lived in exotic parts of the world and travelled internationally in her work, her insightful and sensitive observation of different subject matter, cultures and faraway places, is reflected in her art. Corinna is inspired to paint landscapes, still life of precious objects, and botanical studies; scenes she has observed at close quarters and which hold special meaning to her, mediums used are oils and gouache watercolours.
Before Corinna decided to progress her creative passion as a fine artist, she enjoyed a wonderful long career of over 20 years altogether with the royal London jewellers Garrard, most recently until 2015 as the bespoke and regal jewels designer and heritage director. In the 1990s Corinna had served in various roles with Garrard from their Regent Street premises, earlier positions included assistant to the crown jeweller and silver manager.
Corinna’s expertise is diverse with particular knowledge of high jewellery, royal regalia, ceremonial and silver special commissions; she is a fine jewellery and silver specialist and a qualified gemmologist, with in-depth experience has advised upon and inspected important private collections both in the UK and overseas, and had the privilege to handle national treasures and valuable heirlooms. While gaining a deep insight into unique prestigious pieces, Corinna furthered her career and drew on a love of painting botanical studies and landscapes; and made the transition to artist designer of bespoke jewels and presentation silver. Corinna’s design artwork is characterized by the use of sinuous forms inspired by nature, an individual approach where very intricate detail is all by hand (not computer) with pencil and gouache watercolours, and painting a tiara is “like creating a landscape of diamonds”. Design highlights have included elaborate diamond tiaras for exclusive occasions, bespoke jewels for royalty, tiaras set with rare Argyle pink diamonds; as well as world-class sporting trophies for sailing, show jumping, and horse racing.
In the 1980s Corinna also undertook 2 years of academic study at Christie’s Education London gaining a comprehensive understanding of the history of fine and decorative arts. Over the years she has written a number of articles on jewellery and silver related subjects, and ceremonial regalia being of particular interest. She researched parliamentary and legislative assembly maces and rods of office, and travelled throughout Canada across the provinces and territories inspecting these unique Canadian ceremonial objects, including the Great Maces of the Senate and House of Commons in Ottawa. Co-author of publication: Canadian Symbols of Authority – Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office (By Corinna Pike and Christopher McCreery: Foreword by His Royal Highness The Duke of York).