We are really excited to reach our 10th year Anniversary of the gallery being open. To mark this milestone we have put on an exhibition of work from jewellers who supplied us around 10 years ago, and are still creating amazing work today.
Exhibition runs from June 17th – September 5th
Justin graduated in 2000 from Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, London, with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Shortly afterwards, he moved back home to Cornwall to establish his jewellery workshop in Newlyn. His collection of rings, cufflinks and pendants reflect his fascination with the countryside and ocean and the way they interact with one another and change over time. Precious metals including silver, titanium, gold, palladium and platinum are textured to produce a feeling of organic movement, or combined with non-precious materials such as wood and resin for an elemental feel. The metal and wood in Justin’s pieces will change with wear, making each piece unique and personal to the wearer. Much of the wood used is recycled and/or sourced locally, including oak from an old Cornish tall ship, mahogany from a part of Hayle harbour, pear from a local tree surgeon and plum from a nearby orchard.
The inspiration for Jane’s jewellery often comes from the tiny motifs and patterns found in Japanese artefacts and textiles. Together with vivid memories of her Mum’s prolific embroidery. Her ideas are first drawn on paper as pure pictorial images without necessarily considering them as jewellery designs – this enables her imagination to work freely without reference to the constraints imposed by the technical limitations of enamelling or working with silver. Only when she arrives at a pleasing image does she begin to consider whether it is technically possible to transpose the idea to a jewellery context. She has spent a considerable amount of time researching and developing the design, making and application of fine enamel transfers to enamel. This has enabled her to achieve very fine detail in her work without losing the essential aesthetic appeal of the original drawing.
Hannah Louise Lamb
A graduate of The Royal College of Art (2004), and Glasgow School of Art (2000), Hannah has exhibited her jewellery internationally and now works from her studio near Edinburgh, making jewellery to commission and for exhibitions.
Hannah’s designing is steeped in the familiar ideas of place and home we can all share, and inspiration for her jewellery has, in recent years become focussed on the coastlines, vintage maps, colours and textures that draw associations with her idyllic childhood in Cornwall, growing up on the beach, and now, her coastal home in Scotland where she is raising her own small daughter. Realising this pull to Place and Home, Hannah designed the Coastline Collection knowing it would allow people to tell their own stories, capture their memories and encapsulate them in something truly precious to keep, and wear. Likewise, her other collections which focus on other aspects of home, such as the garden, beloved pets and decorative details allow a feeling or a memory to be worn and cherished.
Shimara Carlow was born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland. Her childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid’s purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore is the inspiration behind her organic and irresistibly tactile jewellery.
After studying silversmithing and jewellery, Shimara set up her business and workshop in London in 2004. In 2008 she re-located to Australia, where she now has a studio in the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. Shimara uses silver and 18ct gold, and precious stones such as diamonds, pink sapphire and aquamarine. All Shimara Carlow pieces are hand-made and unique. was born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland. All Shimara Carlow pieces are hand-made and unique.
Scottish designer Sarah Lindsay makes her jewellery from a workshop in Muswell Hill, north London. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2002 she has been developing her use of acrylic. Her innovative technique has allowed her to exhibit in shops and galleries throughout the UK, Europe, America and Japan. Some of the shops she has sold through include the V&A, Tate Modern and San- Francisco MOMA.
She hand makes her own material from acrylic particles which is why her work is entitled the ‘Dust Collection’. The name suggests change and the eroded looking edges of the thin slices are reminiscent of minerals like agate, built up in layers over time. These translucent slices of acrylic are then made into lightweight jewellery designs.
Sarah’s design approach is to make simple pieces for everyday use. Comfort is central in her lightweight earrings, mouldable necklaces, magnetic brooches and wrap bangles.
Becky’s work has always had a strong illustrative feeling. Designs develop from drawings; both observational and imagined or through a desire to express concepts and ideas around connectedness, relationships, and our place in the world. There are areas of narrative captured in silver and transformed into miniature scenes telling out across a brooch or hanging in a pendant. Her hope is that people recognise their own story in her jewellery.
Becky works with sheet silver and copper with gold for detailing. The metal is then pierced out textures and patterns are then applied to the surface using a rolling mill and templates. These components are then layered together and soldered. The pieces are finished with a mixture of matt, polished and oxidized surfaces to add tone and depth.
Maria Whetman is a jewellery-artist, designer-maker and educator with an MA in “Design: Maker & Materials” from University of Plymouth, a PGCE from Cardiff University, and a BA.Hons in “3D Design: Jewellery” from Central Saint Martins, London. Maria teaches at Plymouth College of Art, where she is Pathway Leader for BA.Hons Jewellery, exhibits across the UK selling internationally
Reclaimed ‘tin’ (printed steel), vintage materials and ‘found’ objects abound in Maria’s designs.
‘I like my work to tell a story, have a personality and be well made. Having always admired the designs and colours of many printed steel biscuit tins, tea caddy’s, olive oil cans, etc, I find that when pressed into ‘cabochon’ forms and combined with silver, copper, brass or bronze, a range of unique, fun and ‘narrative’ jewellery could be produced. Sometimes the ‘tin’ is the only material used in a design, it might be kept flat, collaged and layered, or folded and formed.’
Maria uses traditional silversmithing and jewellery techniques, sitting alongside mixed-media and non-traditional approaches. Everything is professionally silver soldered, riveted or bezel set for a long life.
Based in Falmouth Cornwall, Stephanie works with silver and gold to create sculptural yet eminently wearable jewellery with a strong natural line and simple grace. Her work has attracted regional and national awards.
Stephanie graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design in 1980 with a first class Honours Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design and began work a year later in shared workspace before setting up her own studio in the Lake District in 1986. She moved to Cornwall in 1990.
‘I work in silver and gold producing pieces which drift curl and wrap around freely to create a unique range of sculptural handmade jewellery that will draw the eye to its wearer and the inherent beauty of the materials. I design in response to exquisite patterns textures and forms in nature and am inspired by the innovative work of contemporary Japanese fashion and textile artists. My work is informed by countless experiments in metal and observations, drawings and photographs of objects gathered along the shoreline and in the sub-tropical gardens that lie between the Fal and Helford rivers near my home in Cornwall.bI work intuitively and make and adapt tools to facilitate new ways to texture, crimp, crease, and manipulate precious metal. Unpredictable and often surprising results dictate the direction of a collection. I use finely textured finishes to emphasise the light reflective qualities of silver and gold and the play of light across the gently curved surfaces, creased and flexed forms.’