Eagle, Raven & Humming Bird bracelet by Sheldon Williams hand carved from Sterling Silver measuring 5/8″ c2016
Raven, Moon, Killer Whale & Eagle Bracelet 1″ Hand Carved in Sterling Silver. c2013
Eagle and Killer Whale 5/8″ Bracelet hand carved in sterling silver by Sheldon Williams.
Sheldon Williams is a First Nations artist from the Heiltsuk Nation, formally known as the Bella Bella, located on the Central Coast of British Columbia. In the Heiltsuk Nation there are four main clans, Raven, Eagle, Killer Whale and Wolf. Sheldon is from the Raven Clan of Waglisla.
Sheldon grew up in Waglisla and has a great love for the land and the ocean. He has spent a large amount of time working as a commercial fisherman, fishing for salmon, herring, cod, and harvesting clams, crab and other types of shellfish. Sheldon developed an interest in drawing in his early teens and hence began creating detailed sketches and paintings of commercial fishing boats.
In 1995 Sheldon began to learn more about his culture and the varied artistic traditions of the Heiltsuk Nation. The Heiltsuk people are known for two distinctive styles of Native art; the southern style which is very similar the Kwagiutl, and the northern style which is very similar to the Tshimshian and the Haida.
More recently Sheldon has developed an interest in jewelry making, having been inspired by other successful First Nations artists. Primarily self-taught, he works with a variety of different techniques and mediums, including white and yellow gold, sterling silver, and copper. His work features bracelets, pendants, watches, earrings, tie clips, bolo ties, and rings. Often, Sheldon will also incorporate precious stones such as diamond, ruby, and sapphire as well as non precious stones like blue topaz, citrine, amber, hematite, malachite, abalone, and opercula into his pieces.
Sheldon is also a carver, working with yellow and red cedar, as well as alder wood. During the winter and early spring months Sheldon carves masks, bentwood boxes, bowls, plaques, paddles and more.
The Harrison Festival of the Arts has featured Sheldon’s First Nations carvings for the past three years. From July 2001 until April 2002, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia was featuring Sheldon’s artwork, including his silver and gold jewelry, drums, and woodcarvings. Sheldon’s work can be found in various galleries and museums throughout the world.