“Inherently drawn to repetition and texture, I create mysterious miniature landscapes through a unique visual language. I hope to spark personal associations with various natural phenomenon through this individual making process.”
Emmeline Hastings takes a sculptural approach to jewellery, combining unexpected and contrasting materials in her Bristol studio. Utilising her individual and original techniques of hand carving acrylics, embedding them with metallic elements and resins she creates striking, beautiful and contemporary wearable sculpture.
Her curious pieces capture an aliveness; fleeting moments of free flowing and rippling textures. They reveal naturalistic forms, surfaces dotted and bristling with glittering metallic elements that shift and change with perspective. An unmistakable aesthetic with mysterious patterns of gold and silver seemingly organic to the form.
Collections: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; National Museums Northern Ireland, for the Ulster Museum Collection
London Based Designer Jo Hayes Ward launched her fine jewellery brand in 2006 on graduating from her Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at London’s prestigious Royal College of Art. Constructing jewellery from small building block elements, Jo Hayes Ward creates elegant pieces with both an architectural and organic aesthetic. Distinctive characteristics of her award winning designs are pieces, which dramatically catch the light with movement and intricate structures that hint at geometric, mathematical and biological references. Further work examines complex textured and patterned surfaces, reflecting light in multiple directions giving an exquisite tonal quality to the work. Her timeless yet modern collections include gold orbs that on close inspection dissolve into a filigree of shimmering cubes, stacking rings in a spectrum of different coloured precious metals set with diamonds, and a bespoke collection embracing the setting of custom cut stones. Crafting her designs in a digital environment Jo employs rapid prototyping technology alongside traditional jewellery techniques in the production of her work. An important aspect of her designs and research is to harness machine marks and exploit them as an aesthetic. This, alongside a tacit knowledge of materials and long-established jewellery skills has enabled Jo to develop her unique signature as a maker of timeless, modern pieces, which come alive when worn.
Merging traditional ideas with digital technology, Kathryn Hinton’s faceted silverware and jewellery explore form and surface using computer aided design software. The ability to use technology as a tool to design and also as a method of manufacture has shaped the style of her work. The pieces are designed in a computer aided design programme to achieve the faceted forms and realised in silver using processes such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling and press forming. Kathryn’s new range of jewellery uses digital engraving combined with traditional enamel to create bold and graphic pieces.
Kathryn was awarded a first class degree in goldsmithing at the Kent Institute of Art & Design in 2003 and was Artist in Residence in the Jewellery & Silversmithing Department in Edinburgh, 2012. She now lives and works in Edinburgh. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Gold Award for Craftsmanship & Design from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Public Collections include:
The Goldsmiths’ Company, London; Crafts Council, London; The Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society.
Sarah uses traditional techniques to make jewellery in silver and gold. Fascinated by repetition in nature, and particularly by the meditative quality of the mass of elements in, for example, a field of crops, Sarah uses repeated and articulating elements to create gently undulating surfaces and unusual, sometimes unruly forms.
Sarah set up her workshop in London in 1995 where she worked for 10 years before moving to rural Oxfordshire. She uses traditional jewellery making techniques to create modern jewellery in silver and gold. Repeated and articulated/kinetic elements are recurrent themes in her work.
Yusuke Yamamoto was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1979 and now lives and works in North Wales. He trained in silversmithing at the renowned Musashino Art University, Tokyo. In 2011 Yusuke met Anna Gordon (currently the Head of the Silversmithing and Jewellery at Glasgow School of Art) and she invited him to take up an academic research position at GSA in 2012. In 2011 he visited Musashino Art University in Tokyo which has a world class reputation for metalwork, headed by Professor Hiroshi Suzuki.
Yusuke shapes metal by hammer raising and chasing techniques and draws inspiration from the natural world. With each stroke of the hammer, he tries to evoke an expression, atmosphere and emotion.
Public Collections include:
The Goldsmiths’ Company, London; The Clothworkers’ Company, London; The New College, Oxford
With a meticulous eye and passion for detail, Yeena Yoon brings her life as an architect to her fine jewellery practice, blurring the line between art and jewellery, with a reverence for detail and form, Yeena Yoon fine jewellery is one of a kind. A professional architect, who previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, Yeena fuses architecture and jewellery practices to create fine jewellery that explores the idea of preciousness, by using stones and gold in an innovative ways.
Inspired by her architectural background, Yeena’s approach to design is through innovative use of materials in search for a new spatial composition and its material expression. The jewellery often explores the concept of hidden treasure that can shape-shift according to its use. Her jewellery is conceived as a miniature art that can be taken apart and worn as individual pieces, or put back together, nesting seamlessly into each other to become a sculptural piece. Central to the work, there is a genuine belief that good design lies in attention to detail that looks effortless
Discovering jewellery making, Yeena studied with award winning goldsmith Sonia Cheadle before winning a place on the highly respected Goldsmiths’ Centre Setting Out programme. In recent years, Yeena has developed a keen interest in bringing fine gold wirework and lapidary in gemstone carvings together. This has led her to become the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Scholar(2021) as well as GemX scholar(2022) studying under world master craftsman Giovanni Corvaja and Charlotte De Syllas. Yeena’s work has been recognised in the Goldsmiths community exhibiting at the Goldsmiths fair as well as many other UK and international exhibitions and fairs.