Nichola Fletcher is a freelance designer of jewellery and other works in both precious and non-precious materials. Born in Glasgow, she trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a Royal Society of Arts bursary, the Johnson Matthey Silverware Award and a travelling scholarship from the college
as the most outstanding design student. She lives and works in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland.
Nichola works only on one-off pieces which are specially designed for each customer. Working closely with her clients, the process is a two-way involvement which many find is an unusual and enriching experience. Some clients will have a clear idea of what they want, others have no idea at all but wish to have something made for a special occasion. Sometimes there are old or broken pieces
with precious stones which can be reused in a new design. No two designs are the same; each one is a unique custom-made piece. Because it is labour intensive, output is small, as with any individual maker of artistic pieces.
Her work concentrates on inlay with its interplay of colour and surface finishes. Materials used may be gold, silver, base metals, mokume, titanium, precious and semi-precious stones, and exotic woods. Pieces can range from small items of
jewellery to large neckpieces and items such as boxes, spoons and other silverware which are sought-after by many private collectors. She also occasionally makes full scale replicas for museums and public collections.
Public collections containing Nichola Fletcher's pieces include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Scottish Craft Collection, Edinburgh, The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries, Edinburgh Castle,
as well as several privately run visitor centres.