Joanne Thompson

Born: 1971
Place of Birth: Scotland

“After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993 with a 1st class Honours Degree I went on to complete an MA in Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London in 1995. With the help of a ‘Setting Up Award’ from the Crafts Council, I began my jewellery studio from which I have been creating one-off pieces alongside batch production ranges since 1995.

 Using mainly silver and oxidised silver, I employ unit construction methods to assemble necklaces, bracelets and rings. The simple form of the circle is always the starting point when designing each piece of jewellery and this stems from my interest in chain mail techniques. By adapting these ancient patterns, often changing the scale or by adding texture, I am provided with endless inspiration. My design preference is to concentrate on a minimal palette of black and white (silver and oxidised silver) and my aim is to create contemporary striking jewellery, which can be worn both for special occasions and every day. Movement and comfort are important factors in the wearing of these unique handmade pieces, where each design results in jewellery that is durable, tactile, fluid, light and full of volume.”