Pamela Dickinson

Pamela Dickinson

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I have been lucky enough to spend my whole working life at my bench, since starting as a student on one of the first degree level courses to specialise in jewellery to a professional level, at the Central School of Art, (now Central St Martins), in London. Within a few years I had a few London galleries selling my work and was able to start working full-time in my own right. A big break came when I got my first order from the Fine Jewellery department of the famous Liberty store in Regent Street, just six weeks before the birth of my first child was due. I delivered the order on time, and my son thoughtfully came along safely 10 days later! I continued to sell my work with Liberty for many years. In order to produce sufficient work to supply the store I needed the help of assistants, and that in turn led to supplying more important outlets with my jewellery. These included Aspreys, and Boodles as well as contemporary galleries and international exhibitions. Even before starting at Central, I had been on the Art Foundation Course in Scarborough, now the Yorkshire Coast College, where there was the chance to attend an evening course in Silversmithing with Hugh Blagden. I started hammering the metal and the future was decided! I had started the course believing I might become a painter. I liked painting with oils, which are quite resistant, needing to be pushed into place rather than flowing. What is more they can be modified if the first placing isn’t perfect. Working with silver and gold has similar but greater characteristics. I loved working with silver from the outset. After finishing the course at Central I taught part time at Scarborough and then for several years I ran the jewellery specialism on the BA Course at York St John University. Over time all this experience enabled me to accumulate skills and develop ideas to create an expanding and distinctive range of jewellery and silverware. I feel that it is in the nature of precious jewellery to celebrate what we most treasure. It is a privilege to be involved with my clients when they are marking an important point in their lives. All our days, good or bad, are precious, and so I try to create forms that suggest a past and a future, reminding me of the importance of enjoying the ever-changing nature of the present time. I often use my own system of granulation as a focal point, hinting at future developments, and I enjoy finding special stones to inspire new designs. Now the pressure is less and so I prefer to work alone, making each piece myself in order to allow greater opportunity for creativity. Solitude is especially helpful when I am working on the areas of granulation. Rather than the beads being an integral part of a whole cast piece, I prefer to build up my areas of granulation by applying the beads with heat one at a time. It’s tricky, because the heat needed between the large body of the work and the tiny bead has to be equal for the bond to work, but I think this method gives each bead a freer and more lively appearance. It also means I have to think in a very concentrated way, selecting the size and position of each addition carefully, and that results in each piece having its own individuality and immediacy. Working alone also means I am free to modify and develop my newer pieces as I make them, rather than having to work to a predetermined format, so although I continue to repeat my favourite designs in my Signature range, I’m now able to make more one-off pieces such as the Flower rings and spiral necklaces. As long as I can keep within my own design style I also enjoy the challenge of creating bespoke pieces as a response to personal customers and their specific requirements. I am able to incorporate elements of personal significance into the finished piece. I like the idea that my clients will have a precious and very personal memento to pass on to future generations.

Specialist Techniques:

Lapidary work, granulation, model making and carving.

Education:

1969-72 Central School of Art, London

Exhibitions:

2015 Edinburgh Art Fair. Represented by Pyramid Gallery. November 13-15th 2015 "MADE" Showcase. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. March - May 2015 RINGLEADERS Pyramid Gallery York. Summer 2014 HANDMADE IN BRITAIN Chelsea Old Town Hall, London. November 14-16th 2014 ALTERNATIVE WEDDING SHOW Kath Libbert Gallery Saltaire. Spring/Summer. 2014 HALLMARK SALON Somerset House, London. June 24-28th. 2014 DESIRE Chelsea Town Hall. February. 2013 GOLDSMITHS' PAVILION at Somerset House London June 26th -29th. 2013 ALLURE Jeweller of the Month April 2013 Pyramid Gallery, York. 2012 - Early 2013 Christmas Exhibition Craft Centre City Art Gallery, Leeds. 2012 October - Early 2013 THIRTY THIRTY Pyramid Gallery, York. 2012 & 2011 RINGLEADERS Pyramid Gallery, York. Spring. 2011 RINGS 2011 Craft Centre City Art Gallery, Leeds From January 22nd. 2010 SIERAAD ART FAIR Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. 4th - 7th November. 2010 Aura 2010 Grays Court, York. 15th - 17th October. 2010 CJos AT THE POP-UP SHOP June 9th - 13th June In association with LONDON JEWELLERY WEEK. 2009 AURA Grays Court, York. 27th - 29th November. SIERAAD ART FAIR Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. 5th - 8th November, 2009. 2009 AURA TOURING: May 2009 Palterman and Thomas Gallery, Swansea, June 2009 Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley. N. Yorkshire, Summer 2009 Cecilia Colman Gallery, St Johns Wood High St, London. 2009 SILVER WITH A PINCH OF SALT, 30th March - 25th April Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 2008 AURA, The Kings Manor, York. 7th -9th November 2008. 2008 BRITISH SILVER WEEK. Urban Armour at the Ringstead Gallery. Burnham Market. 2008 FORM, Olympia, London. Creative Jewellers on show. 2007-8 Pyramid Gallery, York. Christmas exhibition. 2007 SIERAAD, RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Creative Jewellers on show. 2007. 2006 & 2005 AURA, Burton Agnes Hall, Bridlington, Yorkshire. 2006 & 2005 SIERAAD, Rai, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2006 25th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, Royal Exchange Theatre Craft Shop, Manchester. 2005 ON THE CUFF, Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 2005 Gilbert Collection Shop, Somerset House, London (Showcase in association with the Castellani exhibition). 2004 SHAPES OF JEWELRY, Pavilion of Designers, Vicenza, Italy. 2002 CELEBRATION, Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 2001 SUPERMODELS, Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 2000 Christmas Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery. 1999 and every year since 1983 Goldsmith's Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, London. 1998 ARTISAN, EICC, Edinburgh. 1995 JEWELLERY SHOW 9 and 10, Craft and Design Shop, City Art Gallery, Leeds. 1991 HEARTLINES, Craft and Design Shop, City Art Gallery, Leeds. 1990 JEWELLERY SHOW 4, Craft and Design Shop, City Art Gallery, Leeds. 1988 RINGS, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. 1987 SILVER AND JEWELS, The Design Centre, London. 1986 HALLMARK SILVER COLLECTION, Goldsmith's Co exhibition, Nationwide. 1986 A CELEBRATION OF ENGLISH SILVER, Shreve, Crump and Low, Boston, USA. 1986 Frankfurt International Fair, Goldsmith's Co stand, Frankfurt. 1985, 1984 & 1983 DAZZLE; Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and other venues (generally - top seller). 1984 BRITISH SILVER, Bullocks Wilshire, Los Angeles, USA. 1981 and every year since 1975 Loot. Goldsmiths’ Hall, London. 1981 CHELSEA CRAFT FAIR, Chelsea Town Hall, London. 1980 TREASURES OF LONDON; Adelaide- Myer Art Institute, Perth - Western Australia Art Gallery, Sydney - David Jones Store. 1978 BRITISH JEWELLERS, Jaffa, Israel 1979 LOOT Los Angeles County Museum, USA 1978 LOOT Minneapolis Art Institute, USA. 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 & 81 LOOT , Goldsmiths' Hall, London, & Leeds City Art Gallery, Solo exhibitions 1999 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, West Yorkshire. 1991 Broughton Place Gallery, Scottish Borders. 1990 Blakesley Gallery, Blakesley. 1986 Blakesley Gallery, Blakesley. 1984 Westminster Gallery, Boston, USA. 1984 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. 1979 Spectrum Gallery, Wetherby. 1977 Northern Artists Gallery, Harrogate Arts Festival. 1976 Victoria Gallery, Harrogate Arts Festival. 1975 Galerie de Beerenburght, Ech en Wiel, Netherlands. 1975 Galerie Susquehanna, Amsterdam.

Publications:

Aura Exhibition news story Twentieth Century British Jewellery 1900-1980, Peter Hinks, Faber & Faber, London


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    "Summer" Flower ring

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    "Romantic" Flower ring

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    Flow and Flowband

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    "Xplo" ring

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    "Just A Matter of Time" necklace

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    White Gold Sapphire Rings

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    18ct Gold brooch

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    Triangular and Square rings

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    Flower

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    Silver ring with gold beads – Signature range (1)

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