Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson (MA RCA)

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

120 Slateford Road Edinburgh EH141PZ

Biography:

I was educated at Edinburgh College of Art 1989-92 BA Hons (1st class) and the Royal College of Art (MA) 1993-95, setting up my business in London in 1995 and then returning to Edinburgh in 1999. The circle is forever the starting point for each of my jewellery designs. Ancient chain maille patterns are my constant inspiration; I experiment with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable. I am fascinated by unit construction techniques in jewellery making, I enjoy the way hard precious metals can be translated into soft forms which flow and stir with the body. I prefer to concentrate on a palette of black and white (silver and oxidised silver). My aim is to create striking contemporary jewellery which can be worn for both special occasions and everyday. Movement and comfort are essential requirements in the wearing of these unique handcrafted pieces. All of the jewellery is completely handmade in the studio, every circle is formed, soldered and finished by myself.

Specialist Techniques:

Chainmaille

Awards:

2011 Inches Carr Trust 2003 Scottish Arts Council, Awarded funding towards foreign investment 2001 Finalist, British Craft in Japan Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair, Trade Partners UK 1996 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant 1995 Achievement of Design in Precious Metals, Selfridges 1995 Travel Award & diamonds, Royal Society of Art 1995 Precious Metals Bursary, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1992 Two week internship with design & manufacture company MANU, Hameln, Germany 1991 Platinum Award, second prize, Ayrton Metals

Education:

1993-95 Royal College of Art, MA Jewellery 1989-93 Edinburgh College of Art, BA(hons) 1st class

Exhibitions:

2015 NYNow New York Gift Fair 2015 ‘Weave’, solo show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2014 ‘Creative Constructs’, group show, Gill Wing, London 2013 Solo show, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 2011 Craft in Dialogue, Inches Carr Bursary recipients, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh 2011 SOFA exhibitions, USA, with Charon Kransen Arts, (ongoing, since 2006) 2010 Portrait of a Gallery, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 2010 Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2010 ‘Bees’ curated by Wendy Ramshaw, CAA, London 2009 Origin, The London Craft Fair 2009 Showcase, CAA, London 2008 Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2008 ‘Simply Silver’ Crafts Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds 2007 ‘Rise & Shine’ Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria, England 2007 Showcase, Broughton Gallery, Scotland 2007 ‘Objects of Desire’ RBSA, Birmingham, group show 2006 Origin, the London Craft fair 2006 group show, The Yard, Nijmegen, Netherlands 2006 Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2005 ‘Alchemy 6’ Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, England 2005 ‘Rare Find’ New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, England 2005 ‘100% Proof’ as above, 2001 2005 ‘Ring Tones’ Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 2005 David Watkins and his Students, CAA, London 2004 Solo Show, Dundee Contemporary Arts 2004 Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2003, 04, 05 New York International Gift Fair 2002 ‘Showcase’, Jane Moore Contemporary Jewellery, Leamington Spa, England 2002 ‘Rarefind Summer’, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, England 2002 ‘Showcase’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England 2001 ‘100% Proof - a distillation of new work in jewellery & silversmithing from Scotland, Flow Gallery, London; Mobilia Galley & Velvet da Vinci Gallery, USA; Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. 2001 ‘Jewellery by the Top Ten’, CAA, London 2000 Solo show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland 1999 ‘Decade’, RCA at Villa De Bondt, Ghent, Belgium 1999 ‘Decadence?’, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, London 1998 ‘British Design in Hamburg’, Nana Hellwege Gallery, Hamburg 1998 ’50 Pieces of Gold’ Contemporary Applied Arts, London 1998, ‘Contemporary British Jewellery’, SNAG, Lesley Craze Gallery, Seattle, USA 1998 Solo show, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 1998 + 2000 ‘Contemporary Decorative Arts’ Sothebys, London, curated by Janice Blackburn 1996,97,98,99,00,01,02,03 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London 1997 ‘New Faces’ Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1996 ‘Subjects 96’ International Jewellery Art, Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju & the Fibula Gallery, Bergen, Norway 1996 ‘Decorative Arts Today’ Bonhams, London 1996 ‘One Year On’ Business Design Centre, London 1995 ‘Edinburgh Comes to Islington’ Lesley Craze Gallery, London 1995 ‘Modern British Jewellery’ Landes Museum, Mainz 1995 ‘New Designers’ Business Design Centre, London 1994 ‘Platinum’ Goldsmiths Hall, London


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    Ednie necklace (long)

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    Dasher earrings (1)

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    Dasher earrings

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    Maben Cuff

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    Ervine necklace (short)

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    Callan lariat

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    Aede necklace

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    Ervine necklace

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    Aird necklace

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    Ewin necklace

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