Tamar de Vries Winter

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I work with metal and glass. This is my language. In fusing metal and enamel I integrate ancient and contemporary concepts and techniques. I grew up in Israel and the Middle Eastern influences were crucial for my development as a jewellery designer and maker. Ancient cultures made a great impact on my artistic identity. The texture of the land, the Mediterranean colours and landscape, and the multi-cultural character of the people are reflected in my work. My interest in ceremonial objects centres on the relationship between the person and the object, marking a distinctive occasion. I create personal precious objects that signify an event, a memory and a celebration. Enamel enables me to express myself freely with colour and combine it with my earlier experience in jewellery design. As I construct, join and fuse the elements, the qualities of the material change, the soft material turns hard. Through this process I create three-dimensional objects that combine the unique nature of this ancient craft with my own personal statement. I work with a team of craftsmen skilled in various fields – from silversmiths and spinners to photographers and computer experts. I find it very rewarding to work in a community of specialized makers who through team work and exchange of ideas engage in this creative process. For the last seven years I have been a co-director of Studio Fusion – a London gallery dedicated to contemporary vitreous enamel.

Specialist Techniques:

Enamel, particularly the champlevé technique.

Awards:

2003
Grant from the Arts Council England (East) For Exhibiting at Chelsea Craft Fair.
1999 Index of Selected Maker by the Crafts Council.
1992 Lithuanian Goldsmith Award.

Education:

1964-66 Teacher Training College, Tel Aviv Israel - Diploma in Art Teaching 1966-69 Central School of Art & Design & Production, London. BA (Honours) in Jewellery, Design and Production.

Public Collections:

2005 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 2001 The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue, NY, USA The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK 1992 Vilnius Goldsmiths and Enamel Museum, Lithuania. Private Collections: Israel, USA, France, Germany and Mexico. Private Collections Jonathan and Jacqueline Gestetner Raymond M. Burton CBE Edwin Davis OBE Lionel De Rothschild Tim Schroder Alan Marshall and Tricia Young Wembley Synagogue, London Sukkat Shalom Synagogue, Edinburgh

Publications:

2006 Enamelling London, by Ruth Ball, A&C Black Publishers Silver Studies: The Journal Of The Silver Society, No 21. Contemporary Judaica made in Britain and America. Liberal Judaism Today, September/October issue Apollo Magazine (March) The International Magazine For Art And Antiques. (Article Silver for Holy Days.) British Society Magazine (December) A Kiddush Cup: Commission for the V&A, Sacred Silver Gallery. Newsletter Article. 2005 NADFAS: National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Magazine (September). Timothy Schroder A Broad Church. 2004 Cambridge Open Studios Calender. 12 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB1 5DH. The Art Of Enamelling (Published in New York by Lark) by Linda Darty 2003-2004 The Jewish Calender 6764, The Jewish Museum, New York. Universe Publishing. 2003 Metalsmith, curated Exhibition in Print - Contemporary Enamel. Evangeline Long, Interview With A Master, British Society Of Enamellers Newsletter The Jewellers' Directory of Shape and Form, Elizabeth Over (A&C Black 2000) Jewelry Making, techniques book, Elizabeth Over (Quarto 2001) First Steps in ##Enamelling#, Jinks McGrath (The Apple Press, 1994)


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    Pendant

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    Cufflinks

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    Breast Plate

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    Finials

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    Cup For Celebration

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    Ceremonial Cup

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    Spinning Tops (Dreidels)

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    River Spoons

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    Three Spice Boxes

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    Ceremonial Leaf Cup

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    Candlestick

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    Ceremonial Object

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    Two Circle Pendants

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    Hand Pendants (HAMSA)

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    A group of earrings

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    Two Brooches

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    Leaf Bracelet

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