Olivia was born and grew up in a small South Germany town, which has acquired the name “Gold and Silver town” because of its jewellery and silversmithing history. Through this and her family of famous glassmakers and jewellers she was greatly influenced from an early age to become a jeweller. Olivia spend 4 years as an apprentice in a well-known jewellery company in Germany before continuing her training at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester and then setting up her own business in 1999. Olivia’s work is characterised by strong, clear and simple shapes, softened with a matt texture and surface detail. The geometric forms are made in gold or silver and detailed with fused yellow and white gold ornamentation, sometimes adding Diamonds to highlight the design and including precious and semi-precious stones. Olivia creates one off pieces or small collections of characteristic design and high quality craftsmanship.
Sally’s love of beautiful design and craftsmanship has informed her work from the very beginning. She studied 3 Dimensional Design at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and has gone on to work in a number of creative environments including marketing for a design consultancy, gallery assistant and florist while establishing her own jewellery business. Sally’s most inspiring career move was to undertake a two year apprenticeship with the talented Tony Thomson in Oxford where she learned all aspects of jewellery making in precious metals, gold, silver and platinum and was introduced to the world of gemstones. Tony’s workshop was filled with a lifelong collection of unusual fossils and stones gathered from all over the world. This inspiration still informs Sally’s work today.
Elizabeth graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA Hons in Three Dimensional Design. After this, she completed a Bachelor of Design course, graduating in 2006. After 4 years of working for a renowned jeweller in Manchester, she settled in the North East to continue her business from her studio. Inspired by organic texture and form Elizabeth uses traditional jewellery making techniques, giving a unique and personal touch to each piece. Working with silver, gold, semi-precious beads and precious gemstones, Elizabeth produces a full range of contemporary, fine jewellery as well as bespoke wedding rings and jewellery commissions.
4th April - 25th July 2020
This year our ring exhibition has been carefully curated to showcase beautiful handcrafted rings suitable for engagements, weddings, special anniversaries and birthdays. So whether you’re celebrating a Ruby wedding anniversary, tying the knot or looking for a ring with your unique birthstone to celebrate a special birthday, this is the place to visit.
Image; Jessica Jewellery Design
Rings by Sally Grant
Susanna is a self-taught jeweller based in Yorkshire. She draws inspiration from almost anything, nature, architecture, art, conversations and the materials she uses. Stones sometimes dictate a certain way of setting, but she loves to experiment and also to see what happens if she lets materials do their own thing. Sometimes making mistakes creates something new and exciting too. All of Susanna’s pieces are handmade one off pieces that are as unique as the people who wear them.
Jean’s inspiration is rooted in her love of the artefacts of ancient cultures. She admires the textures, colours and purity of design, and to see the marks of the tools that made each object beneath the subtle patina of age is to see their makers’ workings back through time. In a direct link to those ancient craftsmen, Jean uses traditional hand tools to work with the metal; piercing, hammering and shaping with her designs developing as she works. Fragments of gold are fused to silver and some pieces are oxidised for depth of colour, then each piece is hand finished with fine emery papers, with edges brightly burnished. Simplicity of line and form are enhanced with carefully selected gemstones including pearls, spinels, coloured diamonds and topaz. All the work is hand made in her Sussex workshop radiating her flair for design and attention to detail.
Barbara studied jewellery and silversmithing at Sir John Cass University in London. As a trained goldsmith her attention to precision and detail is reflected in all of her work. Each piece is handmade in her workshop in London, where she uses mainly sterling silver, plated in 18ct gold, and a variety of techniques, combining this precious metal with traditional processes such as wax carving, Keum- Boo (fine gold fusing) and reticulation. Barbara’s pieces of jewellery are influenced by her travels and everyday life. Inspiration has come from such places as India, Morocco, Egypt and London fuelling her imagination and influencing her jewellery.
Anthony has been making jewellery for more than 25 years, having studied design at Leeds College of Art. Following full time craft studies he began a period learning the art of diamond setting. It wasn't until a few years later that his love of design was renewed, and he began designing and selling at Trade Fairs across the country and abroad. Although Anthony is not known for his classic handmade tension ring designs, he does like to experiment, and sometimes some of these pieces are turned into finished jewellery, such as the range which he developed by casting pieces of rose root into silver, and shaping into finished items. The silver he uses in his work is recycled, and all his materials are ethically sourced.
Catherine has been fortunate to be the jewellery designer for the blockbuster Harry Potter films of J. K. Rowling’s series of books. Jewellery from her collection has been worn in the Harry Potter films and she has also been commissioned to make a number of pieces. She was also commissioned to make two bespoke necklaces for the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released in 2018. Catherine gained her first class honours degree in Jewellery Design from Middlesex University and worked with a number of leading names within the design and fashion industry including Vivienne Westwood. She then went on to achieve a Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art. From an early age she had an obsession with drawing and discovered her individuality in creating three-dimensional work. Catherine grew up in a house brimming with antiques, decorative art and ceramics, as both her parents were keen collectors and osteopaths. This undoubtedly mapped out Catherine’s artistic journey. Catherine’s biggest inspiration is nature and the human form and her work is influenced by the granulation technique of ancient civilisations. Her jewellery has a strong identity, with an emphasis on detail, movement and texture.
Shona is based in her hometown of Glasgow in Scotland, where she set up her workshop in the West End of the city. Since studying Jewellery Design at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, learning to appreciate the effort that goes into both designing and handcrafting jewellery she has developed her own personal style of bold modern jewellery. Her classic but contemporary style still takes inspiration from architecture, using geometric forms in bold clean-lined pieces with her work predominantly being handmade in silver using 18ct gold for precious detailing. In her second year of university Shona took part in an exchange trip with San Diego State University which offered an invigorating change of scene. She was introduced to a different methodology which allowed the environment to influence her design, making her work more organic. Shona was also lucky to study under the internationally acclaimed artists Arline Fisch and Helen Shirk, widening her understanding of both technique and international practice.