Jo McAllister

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

In 1999 Jo McAllister began to work outside on beaches and mountains using stones found in the landscape as hammers and anvils to create subtly undulating surfaces and edges in pure silver and high carat gold. These percussive disruptions made with Stone Age tools impart a sense of unexpected fragility to bold forms, convey an archaeological sensibility, accentuate the whiteness of pure silver and reveal the rich colours of gold. Burnished edges are glinting counterpoints to granite textures that are reminiscent of earthly and lunar landscapes. Initially prompted by the deceptive qualities of desert light and the desiccation of textures within those landscapes, McAllister's work demonstrates a simplicity of form but not content. Constructed jewellery and objects have metaphysical qualities, whilst the conceptual strand of her practice is sustained by The Ring Cycle, an ongoing series of exuberant, narrative rings based on words that end in –ring, (Flowering, Feathering, Powdering). Her main studio practice continues to be concerned with light, space and containment.

Specialist Techniques:

Stones, selected for heft, hand-feel, form and surface are used as hammers and anvils to achieve granite-like textures and 'blurred' edges in fine silver and 18ct coloured golds. Heavy gauge rings and bangles are wrapped. Pieces are constructed using soldering, scoring and folding, tabs, finger-folding or crimping. Seams are accented with gold solder or by the meeting of undulating edges at points along a ridge. Using Keum Bo, 23½ct gold foil is heat-fused to fine silver. Edges are burnished brightly with agate, to highlight and contrast the mainly matt surface textures that accentuate and reveal the true colours of the chosen metals.

Awards:

2015 Best in Show, Select Showcase, Cheltenham. Awarded by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen 2011 Grants for the Arts. Rooms for ideas – The Line Up 2006 Cibas Peer Mentoring Programme, with Palmer Hamilton Partnership 2004 Getting Started. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 2003 - 2007 Crafts Council Development Award

Education:

BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery & Allied Crafts, 2001 MA Silversmithing, Jewellery & Allied Crafts, 2003 The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design (CASS), London Metropolitan University. I have studied with Simone ten Hompel, Heidi Yeo, Helen Carnac and David Clarke.

Public Collections:

The Alice and Louis Koch Collection of finger rings: Swiss National Museum, Zurich

Exhibitions:

UK: 2016 Goldsmiths' Fair; Art in Action 2015 Goldsmiths' Fair; SIT Select Showcase; Art in Action; Manifest: Waterperry Gallery, New Ashgate Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Bluecoat Display Centre, Barbican Centre 2014 Goldsmiths' Fair 2013 Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey; ACJ Stainless: Sheffield 2013 – 16 Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Shows 2012 – 15 Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican Centre, London 2011 Rooms For Ideas: Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 2011 – 15 Lustre. Lakeside Arts Centre 2005 - 2012 Midsummer Madness; Target the Heart; Queen of Diamonds: Electrum Gallery, London W1 2005 ACJ Heirlooms 2004 Wish You Were Here: The Crafts Council Gallery Shop; One Year On: The Crafts Council at New Designers; Getting Started: The Goldsmiths' Hall 2002 Distinto – Distinct: Kath Libbert Jewellery; The Crafts Council Shop at the V&A International: 2016 Sieraad Art Fair: Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2012 Dialogue 12: Renaissance: Schmuck, Munich, Germany; Legnica, Poland; Normandy, France 2007 Anti-War Medals: Thomas Mann Gallery, New Orleans, USA 2004 Dialogue IV: Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany 2003 - 2005 Anti-War Medals: Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, USA + International Tour 2003 & 2004 Holiday Invitational: OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, USA 2003 Moving Dialogue: Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany; Alchimea Jewellery School, Florence, Italy 2002 Distinct – Distinto: Hipotesi, Barcelona; International Graduation Show: Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NL

Publications:

Rooms for ideas – contemporary jewellery by The Line Up. Foreword by Simone ten Hompel. Zetetic Press, 2011 Heirlooms – an exhibition of rings. Association for Contemporary Jewellery, 2006 Marzee Magazine No 21. Galerie Marzee, Netherlands, 2002 Distinct-Distinto Catalogue. Hipotesi Galerie, Barcelona / Crafts Council, London, 2002


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    Colouring

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    Wandering

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    Flowering

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    Sketch Box pendant (1)

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    Sketch Box necklace

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    Honesty Seed earrings and studs

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    Honesty Seed Brooches

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    Stone Made Bangles

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