Red Earth is a studio based in Cape Town, South Africa, specialising in the design and creating of exclusive trophies and sculptures.
Founded on unashamedly old school values of traditional handcrafted quality, owner and artist Eric Tollner combines his skills and experience as a designing and manufacturing jeweller, with a passion to create more sculptural work, to bring you the Red Earth range of awards and sculptures.
Special care is taken in paying meticulous attention to detail in each design, and during the creating of each award. As a result, every piece is a unique original, individually designed and crafted to the highest standards for each client.
We are involved regularly with ongoing commissions from local and international clients, for both corporate and sporting events, as well as sculptures for individual collectors.
Eric Tollner was born in 1974 Kwa-Zulu Natal, and raised in a small farming community nestling in the foothills of the southern Drakensberg.
In 1995 he qualified as a manufacturing & designing goldsmith, obtaining a National Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture with 2 distinctions, and a trade certificate in Precious Metal Working and Mounting.
The devastating fires around Cape Town in January, 2000, became nature’s next powerfully inspiring act. That month will long be remembered for the raging fires that tore their trail of destruction across our beautiful mountains. the endless piles of rock that cascaded down onto Chapmans Peak drive following the fires, provided the basis for the work Eric now does. The first piece was created as a Christmas present in 2000, and in 2001 his Red Earth dream started to become a reality.
Combining the skills learnt as a goldsmith, with a love of the human form and its movements, the range of sculptures grew into an endless range of options that included trophies, awards, and functional pieces such as business card holders and table centrepieces for functions.
Each piece is meticulously and individually handcrafted. Particular attention is paid to capturing, in detail, the movements and body language of each miniature form, bringing to life every sculpture as a tiny portrayal in a moment of time.