Back in 1994, when Terry and Elaine took over Pyramid Gallery, a prominent feature of the jewellery displays was the gold jewellery by Devon artist Pamela Burrows. She had learnt her craft from her husband Chris Burrows and created a distinctive style that was later developed with her son Oliver.
this is how we featured her craft on our website back in 2005………
After graduating in fine art at Salisbury School of Art and Camberwell, Pamela Burrows learnt the craft of jewellery from her close friend Chris Burrows, later to be her husband.
Together, with Chris’s craftsmanship and Pamela’s artistic flair, the couple exhibtited and sold their work at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in top galleries in Britain, America, Japan and Germany.
Chris Burrows career was cut short by Leukaemia, from which he died, and for several years Pamela concentrated on bringing up her son Oliver.
In 1990, Pamela resumed her jewellery making, answering requests from friends and galleries, and soon she was back in production designing and making gold rings, necklaces and errings for selling in craft galleries throughout Britain.
Oliver Vowles-Burrows studied at Falmouth School of Art then trained in a jewellery design workshop and has now joined Pamela in the business specialising in the skilled task of setting the stones and taking an active role in the design work.
Much of the inspiration for Pamela’s work comes from the dramatic scenery along the North DEvon coast near her home in Bude. Her designs are free and irregular, often featuring one or more semi precious stones, and waves or slabs of gold that reflect the rugged cliffs and rock formations.
Pamela travels the world to collect stones and likes to build a design around stones that have interesting irregularities and inclusions. As a result, no two pieces are ever alike, but always bear the distinctive look and appeal that distinguishes her jewellery from any other makers.
In 1995, Pamela was featured in a 30 minute ITV documentary, ‘Jewellery Masterclass’ which reviewed her career and followed the progress of the designing and making of a ring under Pamela’s guidance.
Oliver Vowles-Burrows is once again supplying Pyramid Gallery with jewellery to similar designs that he and Pamela had created, continuing what has evolved into a family tradition and style, with a quality of workmanship that collectors have admired and enjoyed for over thrirty years.