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                                                                           opening at 11 am on

                   Saturday 26th January 2013

                                                         until 20 March 2013

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HANNAH BEDFORDHELEN BRICEJENNY GILL,  PAMELA DICKINSON, NAOMI JAMES,  

NOON MITCHELHILL,  PIERS COLEMAN-COOKE,  FIONA WEST,  SHEILA PHILLIPSON ,

 SALLY RATCLIFFE, NOBUKO OKUMURA,  EMILY THATCHER,

 

 

                          

   
 
 

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Companion Rings, silver

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Xylem Floating Ring, silver

 

 

      EMILY THATCHER

emily graduated from Sir John Cass, department of art and design, with a BA Hon silversmithing, jewellery & allied crafts in 2004 and now works from her cosy studio, nestled into East Sussex farmland. she works to commission as well as producing exquisite jewellery ranges and one off pieces.

Although surrounded by all the full scale beauty of nature, it’s electron microscope images which show the molecular world around us magnified by up to x1,000,000 where she finds her inspiration. The repetition of these microscopic shapes fascinates her, although being structurally unique the forms still merge and fit together to create distinctive sculptural forms, through sketching and maquette making Emily transforms these structures into gorgeous unique jewellery.

her work is exhibited regularly at galleries and at craft & design shows

 

     
 

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Crown ring

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Flat Tube  Rings

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Interlocking Rings

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Black Ring silver and agate

 

 

 

 

      NOBUKO OKUMURA

Jewellery designer/maker.

Nobuko exhibits all over the UK with a number of stockists.
She works in precious metals and gemstones. Cutting-edge technology is
used in line with traditional goldsmith techniques to produce original and
contemporary jewellery

 

Education
2005-2007 BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing,
UCE, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK
2004-2005 H.N.D Level 2 Jewellery and Silversmithing, UCE     
2000-2001 H.N.D Level 1 Jewellery and Silversmithing, UCE     
1999-2000 N.D Level 1 Precious Metals and Gemstones, UCE   


Exhibitions
2012 Multiplying Forms, Mostyn
2012 The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
2011 Christmas Showcase, The New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2011 Electric, RBSA, Birmingham
2011 Christmas Showcase, Victoria Sweart
2011 The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
2011 Geometry, 75 New Street, Salisbury
2011 Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2011 Made for each other, The Harley Gallery, Worksop
2011 The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
2011 AIR SPACE, BCU, Birmingham
2010 Centrepiece, Birmingham
2010 Flux, Birmingham
2010 The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
2010 The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
2010 AIR SPACE, BCU, Birmingham
2010 Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany
2009 Centrepiece, Birmingham
2009 Made 09, Brighton
2009 The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
2009 The New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2009 Design Space group exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2009 Treasure, Coutts jewellery Week, London
2009 British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate
2008 Flux, Birmingham
2008 Frost, Birmingham
2008 Enter Arts Exhibition, Wolverhampton
2008 New Year Showcase, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston
2008 The Workshop, Lewes
2007 New Designers, Islington, London
2007 Degree Show: UCE, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK
2006 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF PEWTERERS, Pewter hall, London
2006 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GOLDSMITHS
Craftsmanship and Design Awards, London

Employment History
2012 Womad Festival, Children’s / Family
Ceramics Workshop. Co-ordinator
2011 Womad Festival, Children’s / Family
Ceramics Workshop. Co-ordinator
2009-2011 Artist in Residency, Birmingham City University
2008 -2009 Design Space, self-employed jeweller, Birmingham
2008 Jewellery workshop, Cheslyn Haye Sports and Community high
School, Cannok
2008 Jewellery workshop for International Women’s Week,
Wolverhampton Art and museum, Wolverhampton
2007 Artist in Residence, Bilston Art and Craft Gallery, Bilston
2005 Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham, Children’s / Family
Ceramics Workshop. Co-ordinator

Awards
2010 New Business Award, The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
2006 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GOLDSMITHS
Craftsmanship and Design Awards: Gold (design Technological awards-3D)
2006 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GOLDSMITHS
Commendation (Silversmiths Junior)
2006 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF PEWTERERS
3rd prize (Gift section)
2005 BRITISH JEWELLERS’ ASSOCIATION: Baxendale Award
2005 WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF GOLDSMITHS
Craftsmanship and Design Awards: Silver (Diamond Mounters Junior)
2001 GOLDSMITHS GROUP design awards: Commission prize
2001 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ENGLAND HND: design awards
2001 BRITISH JEWELLERS’ ASSOCIATION: certificate of merit
2000 BRITISH JEWELLERS’ ASSOCIATION: certificate of merit

Training
2008 – 2009 Design Space, Birmingham
2007 - 2008 Enter Arts, Bilston, West Midlands
2006 Enamelling Course, UCE Birmingham
2005 CAD Training, DELCAM, Birmingham
2003 Foundation Certificate in health and safety in the
workplace, Exeter
2001 Stone Setting Course, UCE Birmingham
2001 Preparation for Business Certificate, NVQ level 3. Totnes, Devon

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R46 silver ring with amethyst and aquamarine

 

      SALLY RATCLIFFE

 

Sally has been designing and making jewellery since 1987. Her early years were spent running around fields in the countryside near Ruthin, North Wales. Lovely memories, shared with family. Now, having learnt to appreciate the countryside her designs have developed around this fascination of nature and its strengths, growth, decay and designs.

 

Sally works mainly in silver, reticulating the surface to give a more natural, organic feel to her pieces. The jewellery and artwork is embellished with gemstones and gold detail.

 

All the work is made in her Sheffield workshop, behind Gallery 33.
Most of the work is hallmarked at Sheffield Assay Office, with the official Sheffield hallmark, plus 'SJR', my registered stamp. Where items fall below the necessary weight for hallmarking they are stamped by myself with 'SJR' and '925'.

 

     
 

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      SHEILA PHILLIPSON

Hand Crafted Jewellery

Each piece you see here is unique - designed to set the wearer apart from the crowd. But I also want my Jewelley creations to be wearable in a wide range of settings and different occasions on a range of clothing.

Put simply, I want to present handmade Jewellery that offers the maximum versatility to complement the wardrobe you own and lifestyle you aspire to. I want you to look good, to feel good and to be different!

 

About me

Hello, I’m Sheila Phillipson. For the past twenty years, I have been working and teaching in the fields of art, costume and design. I am passionate about creating unique, distinctive designs that look and feel beautiful.

I began designing bespoke jewellery after studying under Jacqueline Warrington, whose skill and expertise was inspirational. Now through my website you can treat yourself to one of my unique pieces of jewellery, or share them as special gifts for family and friends.

 

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Silver Toren ring

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Toren collection

 

      FIONA WEST

Contemporary jewellery designer whose inspiration comes from modern Japanese architecture. My work is based on the simplicity of the line and symmetrical geometric shapes to produce a minimalist collection fusing 3d technology with traditional goldsmithing skills. The majority of my pieces are made in sterling silver but they can also be produced in yellow, white or red gold.

Education

Sept 2007 - June 2010
BA(Hons) Jewellery
Buckinghamshire New University

Exhibitions

Ringleaders 2013
Pyramid Gallery, York
26 January - 30 April 2013

2012 Merge Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair, Oundle
2012 Christmas Crackers, Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield
2012 Contemporary Craft Fair, Cornerstone Arts, Didcot, Oxfordshire
2012 Handmade at Oxford Castle, Oxford
2012 A Summer Exhibition, Henley Gallery, Henley
2012 Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
2012 Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley on Thames
2012 Oxfordshire Artweeks, Witney, Oxfordshire
2012 British Craft Trade Fair, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
2012 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

2011 Upstairs Gallery, High Street, Berkhamsted
2011 Studio E174, Bucks Open Studios
2011 Cool Construct, Kath Libbert Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire

2010 New Designers, Islington Design Centre, London
2010 EYeS, Buckinghamshire New University Degree Show, High Wycombe

Awards

Jewellery Live Competition, Michael Jones Jewellers, Northampton - Winner

Press

Crafts Magazine - March/April 2012
Giftware Review - March/April 2012
Craft & Design Magazine - March 2012
ELLE - 7 September 2011
Yorkshire Post - 18 November 2010
Intuition Magazine - October 2010
Image Magazine - August 200

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Silver and resin ring

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This ring is designed to worn on 2 fingers, allowing the 'stone' to appear to hover, as if unattached. Surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear

 

      PIERS COLEMAN-COOKE

'giddygecko' is synonymous with designer hand made jewellery with a difference

We pride ourselves with producing well crafted beautiful and unique pieces that will remain firm favourites for years. No two items are ever quite the same and styles range from classic to quirky

Each solid Silver ring is individually sand cast, using 100% recycled Sterling Silver, without using any ready made components. It is then inlaid and polished by us in our workshops in Devon and France.

Everything we create is unique, ‘one-off’, and utterly beautiful; we take the old and discarded and transform them into wearable, sparkling, original pieces of jewellery, guaranteed to get you noticed

We believe that jewellery should reflect your personality, be worn with pleasure and pride, be seen and admired by others and depending on the style and colour, with a sense of fun

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Orbit rings, photo by Joel Degen

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Silver and Silver and Gold rings

 

 

 

      NOON MITCHELHILL

Currently

  • Part Time lecturer BTEC Jewelleryat Westminster Adult Education Services
  • Part time Jewellery Tutorat Camden Working Men's College
  • Part Time Tutorat Mary Ward Centre
Past
  • Associate Lecturer 3D Design Dept Foundationat Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL)
Education
  • Royal College of Art (MA Jewellery and Silversmithing in 1991)
  • Loughborough College of Art and Design (BA Honours in Jewellery and Silversmithing)

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silver ring with Aquamarine set in hand cut 18ct gold setting.

Gold ring with labradorite

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silver ring with marquise cut  Aquamarine set in hand cut 18ct gold setting.

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R31 silver ring with amethyst

 

 

 

 

      NAOMI JAMES

Naomi was born and educated in Sussex. She graduated in Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic and then worked as an assistant technician at the Royal College of Art. After two years as a self employed jeweller working at Jess James, W1, she travelled in Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal. Since then she has worked as a self employed jeweller, and was manager of the National Theatre Dazzle exhibition in 2001 and 2002.

Naomi has worked in a variety of materials since she started making jewellery at the age of 14. She has always designed as she works, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Most of the pieces are made using simple hand tools and she enjoys the fact that a lot of her jewellery can still be made in this way.

She has frequently used embossing in her work. Earlier designs involved piercing patterns into stainless steel which was then rolled with silver. Recent work began with picking up feathers in the park with her young son – she found that despite their delicate appearance they could be transformed into a solid form by embossing into silver. She then experimented further with dried flowers, leaves and leaf skeletons and found that an amazing amount of detail was picked up on the silver, which she then complemented with touches of 18 carat gold. Some designs include coloured semi-precious stones.

Other elements of her work have evolved through experimentation with the textures that can be achieved with hammering metal. She uses a variety of hammers to create surfaces and marks that alter the way light is reflected. She likes the feeling that the metal appears to have been aged by beating it with a rusty hammer – like something that may have been dug up.

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FSG ring, silver with gold balls

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ISG ring, silver with gold balls

 

 

      PAMELA DICKINSON
Silversmith and jeweller
 
Pamela Dickinson will be talking to the York Art Worker Association on Monday 4th February.  For more information please see the Yorkshire Artworkers website

 

For this lecture, she will be talking about the way looking at larger things has resulted in her making small ones. And why precious jewellery can represent an outlet for artistic expression for both the maker and the wearer. With illustrations of her own jewellery work spanning a career of forty years, and that of some of her contemporary designer/makers.

 

Pamela has supplied Pyramid Gallery for over 20 years and continues to be one of best selling jewellery designers. The work is made at her studio in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

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      JENNIE GILL

My work is a look into the connection between our structured world and the random chaos of nature.

Most of my pieces are one-off , designed and created at my bench , an instant reaction to found objects and materials translated into cast metals.

Casting in silver , gold and iron and setting with diamonds , semi precious stones , enamels and gold leaf.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

1970                 BORN, GUISBOROUGH,NORTH YORKSHIRE

1986-1988         BTEC NAT DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN , YORK COLLEGE

1988-1991         BA HONS IN SILVERSMITHING & JEWELLERY,SHEFFIELD POLYTECHNIC

 

1991                 PASSING OUT EXHIBITION , GOLDSMITHS HALL , LONDON

1992                 SET UP WORKSHOP , SHEFFIELD

1993                 INDUSTRY DESIGN AWARD,OASIS FASHION

1993-2004         INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY , LONDON , TRADE FAIR

1993-2004         INTERNATIONAL SPRING FAIR , BIRMINGHAM , TRADE FAIR

1994                 FIT FOR A PRINCE , HRH PRINCE OF WALES , CHRISTMAS SELECTION

1999                 GIFT OF THE YEAR ,HIGHLY COMMENDED , GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION

1997-1999         CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE , TEACHING MIXED MEDIA & METAL

2000                 MENTORING  ROLE , BURNGREAVE TRUST SMALL BUSINESS

2002                 GIFT OF THE YEAR WINNER , GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION

2001                 COMMISSIONED TO DESIGN ACCESS GATES, YORKSHIRE ARTSPACE

2003                 10 OF THE BEST , PLATINUM AWARD , JOHNSON & MATTEY

2004                 ARTS COUNCIL  AWARD , NEW YORK , TRADE FAIR

2005                 MADE IN METAL HEAVEN , S/STEEL SCREENS ,FARGATE ,SHEFFIELD

2006-2008         6 STEEL GATES, OCON CONSTRUCTION,LEEDS & SHEFFIELD

2010                 FURNACE SCULPTURE , CAST IRON , SHEFFIELD

2011                 GALVANIZE FESTIVAL , SHEFFIELD , TALKS , DEMONSTRATIONS

2011                 MENTORING ROLE , YORKSHIRE ARTSPACE ,

2012                 ARTS COUNCIL AWARD , REVIVING CAST IRON JEWELLERY ,    ONGOING

 

 

2012 EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE LEEDS CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE,KATH  LIBBERT,SALTAIRE,& GREAT NORTHERN CONT. CRAFT FAIR MANCHESTER

 

WORK HELD IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN SWEDEN , HONG KONG , JAPAN AND AMERICA

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Meteor rings in 18ct gold with diamonds

 

 

 
      HELEN BRICE

 

Helen has been designing and making jewellery since she created 'Helen Brice Designs' after graduating in 1999. The 'Precious Collection' coordinates the beautiful colours of precious and semi-precious gemstones with the warmth of natural precious metals.

Her outstanding range of rings are partnered with beautiful necklaces, brooch and earring designs, which effortlessly bridge the gap between contemporary and classical jewellery design. With inspiration drawn from architectural details and celestial patterns, Helen has created a uniquely versatile collection which can be tailored to create bespoke jewellery incorporating sentimental gems for her customers.

There are many beautiful wedding and engagement rings which can be also be produced to commission in Yellow/White/Rose Golds in 9ct & 18ct, as well as Sterling Silver, Platinum & Palladium. Helen particularly enjoys designing bespoke pieces for individual clients and welcomes the opportunity to create new and innovative jewellery.
 

 

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    HANNAH BEDFORD

Hannah Bedford’s jewellery designs explore texture and form using the traditional processes of granulation and Keum-boo (fine gold fusing). Working in golds and silver, Hannah creates a range of women’s jewellery, from bespoke neckpieces through to delicate earrings and rings.

Collections are inspired by organic growth patterns in the natural world. Hannah uses gold fusing and granulation to create raised, textured surfaces that entwine each piece and takes great care to work on the underside of a piece. The work is often led by these technical explorations, using them to play with scale, form and contrasting precious metals to create aesthetically beautiful forms.

Since graduating from Birmingham School of Jewellery with a first class honours degree in 2004, she was selected for the Bishopsland Educational Trust (2004 – 2005) and the South Hill Park Arts Centre (2005 – 2007) residencies.

Hannah’s jewellery is exhibited nationally and she has been represented at Collect (2006 and 2007) and exhibited at Origin (2009).

All pieces are handcrafted at Hannah’s studio at Cockpit Arts Deptford, in the hub of South London’s creative community.

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Alison Varley uses a traditional 'forging' techniques to make individual and unique works of art in silver and gold. We like these at Pyramid Gallery because there is no way to reproduce these except at the hands of a time served artisan. The process is physically demanding and requires artistic talent as well as knowledge about the materials used.

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