There's a fair few of us jewellery and metals types, industriously working away in our own little studios, workshops and communities across the SouthWest region of the UK.....come and see for yourself, conveniently brought together at the amazing location of the Royal William Yard (former victualling warehouses) in Plymouth. There's lots to see and do at this beautiful waterside environment and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and drink too. See you there.
I'm going to be debuting a range of entirely new ring designs at this exhibition featuring some fabulous jewellers! What an honour! The rings are actually just a small part of an entirely new collection of silver and enamel designs that I'm working on....yes, back to enamel after many years my inspiration is re-ignited, but more news on that later. Meanwhile, take a peep at just some of the new designs below....
"Ringing The Changes, is an exhibition of internationally renowned British jewellers designing distinctly modern rings, complimenting both the contemporary and the traditional. Striking rings for all occasions, including bespoke wedding rings. The exhibition includes 8 new designers, and new work from current Victoria Sewart Gallery designers. All specialising in rings made from a wide range of materials; traditional, contemporary, precious and affordable. Sustainability is important with the designers using materials that are sourced as ethically as possible."
Exhibition runs from 15th April – July 16th
Exhibition preview day – Saturday 15th April 2017
.......AT VICTORIA SEWART CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY GALLERY & SCHOOL.
My small class of 4 keen lady jewellers, did a great job of making their first ever collet set rings. Skill and experience levels ranged from just a few months of weekly classes with Victoria Sewart in Plymouth, self-taught experience at home, City & Guilds course and a few years of working in the trade. Despite the range of abilities, everyone managed to make their ring to various points of final finish, with some choosing to complete their finishing to a high level at home. An easy project in principle but actually difficult to do well. You can read about my Masterclass at Victoria Sewarts Jewellery School here and you can book into any of her courses or Masterclasses here.
It's official, I am now working in Eco Silver...
If that wasn't already enough good news, I can also offer the option to have your Gold designs made up in EcoGold, but it gets even better!.....I have registered with the Fairtrade Gold organisation so that I have access to purchase Fairtrade Gold stock to work with and can make up your custom design using Fairtrade Gold. Please note that I do not keep a supply of any gold in stock, I order to spec'. I do not make gold designs speculatively to sell.....(yet, though I am considering it).... so you will not find me listed in the Fairtrade Goldsmith Finder, but I will provide receipts from the supplier as proof of purchase of your Fairtrade Gold. Did you know that you can also buy Fairtrade Diamonds and Rubies in the UK?
Now extended until the end of September 2016, my work is available to see and buy at this fantastic venue. Read more about the exhibition here.
Until September 25 2016. A special anniversary exhibition featuring makers who were at the very first opening exhibition of this wonderful contemporary jewellery gallery, nestled in the cobbled streets of Plymouth's Elizabethan Barbican. Read more about it here.
Here are the details of the exhibition in which I have work included, opening next week at Plymouth College of Art, the gallery. The college is in the centre of town adjacent to the shopping Mall and the gallery fronts the college, accessable through the main entrance. Do come and have a look at the fantastic line up of makers on show!
Open 9am - 5pm every day, this year’s exhibition from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery is about magic – the magic of making, illusions, pulling ideas out of hats and thin air. Clever fingers, deception, smoke & mirrors, craftiness and sheer skill. 29 makers and 54 pieces will be showcased from ACJ members as far afield as Vienna and Australia, as well as jewellers working in all corners of the UK. The makers present a wide range of techniques, from traditional to contemporary, whilst utilising unusual materials (including plastics, paper, resin, glass, found objects and various metals) and demonstrating a vibrant display of skill, wit and excellent design. The Association for Contemporary Jewellery was founded in 1997 to promote greater understanding of contemporary jewellery practice, to support jewellers’ creative and professional development and to develop audiences for this lively field of contemporary craft and design. acj.org.uk
Exhibition Opening: Weds 18th Nov / 5-7pm. Join us for the opening of Sleight of Hand, open to all, with refreshments provided.
From 7th November my Material Landscape collection will be available to purchase at Walford Mill Crafts in the New Forest, for their Inspire exhibition. This is where I will also be debuting my new solid pewter Craggy bangle designs and new Shard earrings. There will also be a selection of my reclaimed Tins jewellery to purchase.
Also imminently available, will be a selection of my reclaimed Tins jewellery at the Found Gallery in Dunbar, Scotland, which certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit.