Jane Adam

Jane Adam

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I seek a balance between symmetry and irregularity; the contrast between soft organic forms and surfaces, and the techniques by which they are made; the containment of secrets within a form; and an empathy with the wearer. My jewellery can be seen in leading international galleries and in public collections such as the V&A, the Crafts Council and the Goldsmiths’ Company. For more than thirty years I have made jewellery using my own original ways of working and colouring anodised aluminium. Mymore recent work in silver and gold explores these possibilities further, using the nature of the material itself to create form and surface texture by stressing and distortion. By combining metals within a piece, and by using metal colouring techniques, freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones, I hope to bring a subtle intensity of colour to the work, and a balance between the modern, the organic, the sophisticated and the primitive. However, I am most concerned with how a piece feels when it is worn. My jewellery comes alive when it finds a wearer, forming a sensual relationship with her and becoming part of her expression of herself.

Specialist Techniques:

Roller Milling Oxidation Texturing Anodising Dyeing

Awards:

2010- ACJ Origin Prize- 'Crafted' 2009- Future in the Making, Holts Academy (2007-2009) 2001- Research Awards, UCE 1991- GLA Visual Production Award 1985- Crafts Council Setting Up Grant- RCA Major Travelling Scholarship- RCA Allen Lane Penguin Book Prize

Education:

1985 MA Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art 1981 BA (Hons) 3D Design, Manchester Polytechnic

Public Collections:

Aberdeen Art Gallery Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York, USA Crafts Council, London Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Goldsmiths' Company Hove Museum and Art Gallery MIMA, Middlesbrough Racine Art Museum, Racine, USA National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh Shipley Art Gallery and Museum, Gateshead Touchstones, Rochdale Ulster Museum, Belfast Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Dept. of Jewellery) Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Dept.of Prints and Drawings)

Exhibitions:

2014 - '30 Years in the Making', Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2013 - 'Jane Adam Beyond the Surface', Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh - Contemporary Goldsmithing: Tradition and Excellence', SNAG, USA (online) - 'Special', Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2012 -'New Directions in Contempoary Crafts', Mottisfint House, Romsey, Hampshire - 'Diamonds: Take a Fresh Look', Lesley Craze Gallery, London 2011 - 'Open Mind - International Contempoary Metal Art', Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea - 'Collect' (with Electrum), Saatchi Gallery, London 2010 - 'Natural Beauty', Electrum Gallery, London 2009 - Solo Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London - 'Art Carat’, Mayer Gallery, Munich - Two person show, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco - Solo Show, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 2008 - ‘Contemporary Jewellery UK-Japan’, Gallery Shop Si, Kobe, Japan - ‘Goldsmiths’ Fair’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London - ‘Surfaces’, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York - Collect (with Cockpit Arts), Saatchi Gallery, London 2007 - SOFA (with Patina Gallery), Chicago - ‘From Minimal to Bling’, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston - Annual Jewelry Show, Freehand, LA

Publications:

'Terrific Fashion', Cristina Morozzi, 24Ore Cultura, Italy (2015); 'One of Us: the Jane Adam Club', Craft Arts International, Australia (2014); 'I am Jane Adam', Making Jewellery (2014); '21st Century Jewellery', Lark Books USA (2011); 'Woman of Mettle', BBC Homes and Antiques (2009); ‘The Face of Craft’, Craft and Design Magazine (2008); ‘500 Pendants and Lockets’, Lark Books, USA (2008); ‘500 Necklaces’, Marjorie Schick, Lark Books, USA (2006); Interior World Magazine, Taiwan (2005); Love Actually - Jewellery worn by Emma Thompson (2003); Rich Alchemy: Jane Adam - Ornament, USA (2003); Film on Art and Empire - British Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum (2001 - 2015); Interview, Woman's Hour, Radio 4  (March 2001); Various Appearances on TV and Radio (1985-1997)


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