Private View 15th March – running until mid July 2013.
There is no where else locally that specialises in contemporary not ‘high street’ wedding jewellery. The gallery will be showcasing over 10 new designers, specialising in rings from a wide range of materials, both traditional and more contemporary and precious and more affordable.
We are very excited to be launching this exhibition and intend to build on it to make it a yearly event.
Beth Gilmour Clara Breen Daphne Krinos Frank Luckham Jacks Design Kate Smith Les Grimshaw Mark Nuell Maya Selway Michael Carberry Mikala Djorup Rie Tanabe Rhiannon Lewis Shona Carnegie Susi Hines
Beth graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art with a master’s degree in 2005.
Beth has a fascination for intricate surface detailing which shows clearly in her current collections.
The signature leaf patterns have a fresh, quintessentially British aesthetic, influenced by Beth’s childhood spent in the Somerset countryside. The combination of her love of detailing paired with unusual precious and semi-precious stones, results in beautiful, elegant and wearable jewellery.
Clara plays with the notion of the contemporary keepsake by using slices of leaflets, train tickets and maps in her paper and silver jewellery. These papers often carry emotional content, and become a treasured possession. The resulting pieces combine silver, paper and 9ct gold details, they are at once graphically pleasing, quirky and evocative. Clara’s paper and silver rings are totally waterproof.
A corrugated silver and semi-precious stones range is derived from the work with paper.
Daphne established her London studio after receiving a grant from the Crafts Council in the early eighties. Her work has since been shown in a large number of exhibitions in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan.
Her jewellery is featured in many books and several press articles published worldwide and can also be seen in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Crafts Council and Stafford Art Gallery.
Daphne works in gold and silver which is often heavily oxidised, often using translucent precious gemstones with unusual shapes and cuts in her designs. The gold she uses is nearly always recycled from old pieces of jewellery.
The majority of my pieces are one-offs.
Frank is now in his final year of studying a degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Truro College, Cornwall.
Influence for Frank’s designs comes from the Minimalist and Modernist Art Movements, focusing on simplicity of form and non-equivalence repetitive extension. He is also inspired by the pierced form sculptural work of Barbara Hepworth.
The use of patinas and mixed metals compliments the non-expressiveness of the forms.
There is also a dual aspect to Franks designs, the adornment and the sculptural. The sculptural element of each piece adds a feature of purposivenessess without a purpose’, in other words, the object is to be appreciated for what it is and not for what it does.
‘nothing else can be taken away to improve the design’
Jacks is one of the UK’s top emerging talents in contemporary jewellery design.
Working primarily in 18ct gold and platinum, Jacks combines conventional goldsmithing and stone setting techniques with the latest in computer-aided design technology to create distinctly modern pieces that compliment both the contemporary and the traditional. Each piece is hand finished and set by Jacks to her exceptionally high standard. Her work is characterised by clean lines, simplicity and elegance and her style has been nationally recognised with awards such as the prestigious “Design Innovation Award” for her work in platinum.
Kate studied at Stourbridge College of Art and Design before completing a degree in Jewellery design at Middlesex University in 2000
The jewellery that Kate creates symbolises inspired design combined with the skilled working of precious metals.
By closely observing forms and patterns within nature, Kate’s jewellery echoes the objects that she has drawn inspiration from.
Les is a Devon based jeweller, training in the seventies and going on to lecture at Plymouth College of Art and Design before establishing his jewellery business which he now dedicates all his time to. Les’s work is based on the continuing development of reticulation, fusing and granulation and combining gold with silver, often with the odd diamond subtly placed.
His work is bespoke – one-off designs.
Mark’s inspiration for jewellery came from early contact with gemstones in Australia where his father mined sapphires. Mark learned to cut and polish these stones spending six years as a gem cutter and later studying jewellery design and making in Sydney. He continues to visit the sapphire mines where he meets the miners and cutters giving him unique access to rare and beautiful sapphires.
Using his metalworking and gem setting skills he creates a constantly evolving collection. Bold lustrous stones such as aquamarines, tourmalines, moonstones framed in gold and silver attract collectors and those who appreciate fine craftsmanship and design.
Maya is influenced by the impermanent nature of the objects that surround us and by the cycles of change that these objects go through. Through exploring techniques such as silver dust fusing, fine hand piercing and subtle surface treatments she creates ethereal, spectral objects that frame empty space and suggest solid form. All the metals Maya uses are ethically produced and 100% recycled.
Michael Carberry graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1996.He recently finished a two month prestigious residency at Cover Park, Scotland. His distinctive style of jewellery owes a great deal to sculpture. Using precious metal they are hammered and forged into strong bold forms that capture the force and energy involved in the process.
Mikala genuinely loves what she does; She loves her tools, her bench and the environment that she has created for herself. Never tiring of the traditional materials and how nothing becomes something that someone else other than Mikala might see and connect with.
Mikala strives for rough imperfect, but elegant simplicity. A clean and bold expression with a humorous touch.
The surfaces that emerge in the process of making fascinates her, and are left raw and scratched so to experience the metal and its possibilities.
Rie has developed several collections for wide range from young girls to sophisticated grown up ladies. Her jewellery can be worn subtle and fit into your every day outfits, but also can it has its own identity with cared small details and little twist. Rie’s original aesthetics senses, her unique techniques and solutions blend different materials and colours together which will bring little smiles and fun to the wearer and will complete your look as like a just sprinkled right amount of seasoning dish!
Rhiannon Lewis uses a muted palate of silver, oxidised silver and gold. Combined with unusual and uncut precious and semi-precious stones. Rhiannon creates spectacular and one-off jewellery.
Working with subtle curves, arcs and teardrop shapes, Rhiannon explores the relationship between rough, uncut stones and beautiful, flowing metal work.
Contemporary, yet elegant and accessible, Rhiannon’s collections offer completely original designs. Each piece is beautifully made and finished by hand to the highest standard.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Shona lives between the UK and the French Alps designing and making jewellery and small-scale silverware.
Her main collections include work influenced by exotic travel and the imagery within her travel diaries, along with a fascination for tactile objects and the spirit of movement.
Her most recent work includes a range of 18ct yellow and white gold rings incorporating diamonds and movement as detailing. These are a popular choice as commitment, engagement and wedding rings.
As well as her four main collections she designs spoons and trinket boxes detailed with etched, 18 carat gold and kiln enamel details.
Susi graduated in 1977 with an MA from London Metropolitan University. She works full time as a maker and teaches part time at London College of Fashion and Morley College.
Susi’s uses mainly gold, silver, and sometimes gemstones with various surface textures such as engraving and etching.
Susie intends her work to engage from a distance as well as close up, by using movement and linkage that is combined with hidden facets, which can be discovered by the hand.