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3 November 2022 - 26 November 2022

Multilayer Balance Victorian Drop Earrings, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, antique enamel button, cameo, iolite, lapis, micromosaic, mother of pearl, opal, rose quartz, shell, tourmaline and vintage glass
H:11cm W:4cm
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Owl & the Pussycat with Stars Pendant, 2022

silver
H:5cm W:4cm
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Tiny Galleon Pendant, 2022

silver
H:2.6cm W:2.5cm
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Ship in a Bottle Pendant, 2022

silver
H:3.8cm W:1.8cm
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Octopus Labyrinth Pendant, 2022

silver
H:4cm W:3cm
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Tiny Freshwater Pearl Necklace, 2022

freshwater pearls
L:47cm H:4.5cm W:2cm
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Small Silver Wave Pendant, 2022

silver
H:6cm W:1.5cm
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Large Enamelled Silver Wave Pendant, 2022

silver, gold, enamel (Enamelling by Jane Short)
L:45.5cm H:6cm W:1.5cm
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Small Enamelled Wave Pendant, 2022

silver, enamel (Enamelling by Jane Short)
H:7cm W:1.5cm
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Sun-Face Pendant, 2022

silver
H:3cm W:2.2cm
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Sun & Moon Pendant, 2022

silver
H:4.2cm W:3.2cm
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Stars Ring, 2022

silver, 18ct gold, dark blue sapphire (UK size L)
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Starry Silver Drop Earrings, 2022

silver, 18ct gold
H:5.2cm W:1cm
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Mermaid Disc Earrings, 2022

silver, 18st gold
H:1.6cm W:1.6cm
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Starburst Earrings, 2022

silver/gold Malkie mix, 18ct gold
H:2.8cm W:2cm
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Gold Seed Pod Earrings, 2022

18ct gold, hand engraved, Tahitian grey pearl, amber
H:4.2cm W:3cm
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Sails Brooch, 2022

silver
H:6cm W:2.8cm
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Cosmic Oval Spirals Brooch, 2022

silver, 18ct gold
H:5cm W:7.5cm
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Wide Stars Bangle, 2022

silver
L:5.5cm H:3.2cm W:6.5cm
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Narrow Stars Bangle, 2022

silver
L:5.5cm H:1.2cm W:7cm
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Sailing Ship Button, 2022

silver
D:2.5cm
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Mermaid Button, 2022

silver
D:2.5cm
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Mermaid Cufflinks, 2022

silver
L:2.5cm H:2cm W:2.5cm
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Dolphin Cufflinks, 2022

silver
L:2.5cm H:1.8cm W:2.5cm
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Octopus Cufflinks, 2022

silver
L:2.5cm H:2cm W:2.5cm
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Sailing Ship Cufflinks, 2022

silver
L:2.5cm H:2.2cm W:2.2cm
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Curiosity Brooch (with Emerald Cut Peridot), 2022

emerald cut oeridot, iron, iron oxide, Isle of Islay sands, magnetite, resins, sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold
L:6.6cm H:7cm W:2.5cm
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Creature Earrings, 2022

iron, iron oxide, magnetite, resins, Isle of Islay sands, sterling silver
L:4cm H:4.7cm W:1.5cm
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Magnetic Creature Brooch (with trillion cut smoky pink cairngorm quartz), 2022

trillian cut Cairngorms quartz, iron, iron oxide, magnetite, Isle of Islay sands, resins, sterling silver
L:4.5cm H:4.8cm W:1.5cm
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Expanse Magnetic Brooch with Fairtrade Gold, 2022

black iron shards, iron oxide, iron sand, resins, Isle of Islay sand, sterling silver, Fairtrade gold
L:4cm H:4cm W:1.3cm
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Singularity Brooch (with Scottish Cairngorms Quartz), 2022

Scottish Cairngorms quarts, black iron shards, iron oxide, iron sand, resins, Isle of Islay sands, sterling silver, 18ct yellow Fairtrade gold
L:8cm H:8cm W:2.8cm
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Scottish Cairngorms Quartz Brooch, 2022

Scottish Cairngorms quartz, black iron shards, iron oxide, iron sand, resins, Isle of Islay sands, sterling silver, 18ct yellow Fairtrade gold
L:7.5cm H:8cm W:1.6cm
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Black Moon Magnetic Brooch, 2022

iron oxide, magnetite, resins, Isle of Islay sands, sterling silver
L:4.9cm H:4.9cm W:0.7cm
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Blue Boatman Pendant, 2022

silver, enamel, steel cable
L:43cm H:4.5cm W:3.5cm
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Yellow Round Tree Pendant, 2022

silver, enamel, steel cable
L:43cm H:3.8cm W:3.8cm
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Blue Round Pendant with Silver Star, 2022

silver, enamel, steel cable
L:40.5cm H:3.8cm W:3.8cm
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Yellow Oval Day Brooch, 2022

silver, enamel
L:4.8cm W:2cm
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Double Blue/Yellow Pendant, 2022

silver, enamel, steel cable
L:40.5cm H:3.5cm W:6.5cm
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Cloud & Rain Chain Drop Earrings, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, abalone, amethyst, cameo, iolite, lapis, mystic coated quartz, topaz, vintage glass and rhinestone
H:6cm W:2.2cm
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Three Charm Moving Drop Earrings I, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, glass, lapis, opal, shell and vintage glass cabochon
H:3.2cm W:1cm
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Three Charm Moving Drop Earrings II, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, mother of pearl, opal, pearl and shell
H:3.5cm W:1cm
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Three Charm Moving Drop Earrings III, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, cameo, pearl and vintage glass
H:4cm W:1.5cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings I, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, pearl, shell and vintage rhinestone
H:2.2cm W:0.8cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings VI, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, pearl and vintage glass.
H:2.5cm W:1cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings II, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, abalone, lapis and vintage rhinestone
H:2.5cm W:0.8cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings III, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, malachite and vintage glass
H:2.5cm W:0.8cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings VII, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, dyed mountain jade, turquoise and vintage glass
H:2cm W:1cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings IV, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, opal, turquoise and vintage glass
H:2.2cm W:1cm
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Detachable Drop Earrings V, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, pearl, vintage glass and vintage rhinestone
H:2.5cm W:1cm
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Mismatched Stud Earrings I, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver and vintage glass
H:0.5cm W:0.5cm
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Mismatched Stud Earrings II, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver and turquoise
H:0.7cm W:0.7cm
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Pearl and Shell Necklace, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, antique button, moonstone, mother of pearl, shell and vintage glass
L:45cm W:1.5cm
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Eye Teardrop Treasure Necklace, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, antique button, enamel, labradorite, lapis, moonstone, opal, pearl, turquoise, vintage glass, shell
L:44cm W:3.5cm
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Cloud & Rain Chain Drop Necklace, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, amethyst, agate, carnelian, lapis, lolite, Swarovski crystal
L:40cm W:4.5cm
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Ladybird Lariat Necklace, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver and vintage cabochon
L:40cm W:0.6cm
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Rainbow Mini Charm Bracelet, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver, amethyst, coral, vintage glass and yellowstone
L:17cm W:1cm
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Blue Eye Ring, 2022

ethically sourced 18k gold-plated silver and glass
H:2.4cm W:2cm
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Mole Flying Pendant, 2019

white precious metal
H:2.8cm W:3.8cm
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Gannet on Rock Grassholm Pendant, 2019

white and yellow precious metal
H:3.8cm W:3cm
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Owl Dish Ring, 2020

silver (UK size Q)
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Fish and Crab with Kelp Brooch, 1989

silver pressed with handmade dyes and chiselled
H:4.2cm W:3.2cm
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Man and Dog Brooch, 1989

silver pressed with handmade dyes and chiselled
H:3.6cm W:7cm
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Mole Conversation Brooch, 2011

Chiselled silver
H:4.6cm W:4.3cm
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Prawn at Godrevy Brooch, 2014

chiselled silver
D:4.5cm
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Owl with Mice Brooch, 2014

chiselled silver
H:3.6cm W:5.5cm
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Cornish Fishing Boat with Yellow Sun Brooch, 2014

chiselled silver
H:3.5cm W:4.2cm
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New Garden Pool with Yellow Fish Brooch, 2015

silver, 18ct gold
H:5.2cm W:5.8cm
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Fish Earrings I, 2020

white precious metal
H:7cm W:2cm
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‘In Love with Blue’ Pendant Necklace, Journey Through Glass Series, 2007

18ct yellow gold, various blue glass fragments and large blue glass disc
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Ringset (set of 8 rings), 2017

silver with 18ct gold settings, garnets, citrine on turned acrylic stand
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Soft Geometric Ringsets, c.1990s

silver, size N1/2
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Basic Geometric Ringsets, 2018

silver with silver or gold tops
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Moonstone Ringsets (8 part and 10 part), c. 2017-18

moonstone, citrine, aquamarine, silver with gold settings
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Ringset (4 part), c. 2017-18

amethyst, iolite, topaz, silver with gold settings
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Ringset (7 Parts), 2005

18ct white with matt surface, 5 sapphires, 2 tourmalines, white delrin stand inlaid with dark blue bands
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Deja Vu Ringset (6 Parts), 2010

green cornelian, tourmaline - 5 round, 1 teardrop, clear stand
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Photography by Philippa Swann
Born: 1946
Place of Birth: West Wickham, London

‘I’m passionate about the amount of energy and power that springs from the ancient craft of engraving. Works of art should be made for everyone to enjoy. Engraving is central to my design and art; it is from engraving that my other skills have evolved.’ Malcolm Appleby

Malcolm Appleby was born in 1946. He studied at Central School of Art, Sir John Cass and the Royal College of Art in London before establishing his studio in Scotland in 1969. A silversmith and metal engraver, known for his imaginative use of line and form, he considers gold ‘just another lovely material to work with.’

The Scottish Gallery has been associated with Malcolm Appleby since the 1970s; the many facets of his work have brought joy to many, each piece sold marking the beginning of a journey of discovery around this senior artist. The Gallery honoured Malcolm Appleby’s seventieth birthday in January 2016, which marked over fifty years of a creative tour de force. Appleby has dedicated his artistic practice primarily to engraving and pushing the boundaries of metalwork; constant experimentation has made him a master of his craft and in 2014 he received an MBE for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Public Collections include:
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Goldsmiths’ Company, London; British Museum, London; Royal Armouries, Tower of London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; and Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Malcolm’s silversmithing collection can be viewed here.

Born: 1985
Place of Birth: Vale of Leven, Scotland

Michelle Currie is currently Artist in Residence at The Glasgow School of Art Silversmithing and Jewellery Department after graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in 2020. Her unique practice combines traditional Silversmithing techniques with her love of Science and Astronomy. For her recent collection, Michelle visited the Physics and Astronomy Laboratories at The University of Glasgow, learning from Technicians and Scientists about their world leading research into Black Holes and Gravitational Waves. This unique collection is the result of an exploration into the unseen forces that govern and shape our world. By combining silver and precious stones with ferromagnetic materials containing iron particles, Michelle captures the exciting variety of textures and movement created when exposing iron particles to neodymium magnets. She creates her own mixtures of iron particles that are sculpted directly onto magnetic field lines using the invisible structure as a canvas to capture the explosive moments as static ominous wearable sculptures.

‘I am ever captivated and inspired by the beauty of the intrinsically interwoven nature of ‘Science and Art,’ sharing the pursuit of knowledge and an understanding of our place in the universe. Although often communicated in different ways, the fields are deeply connected by curiosity and the need to explore the unexplored, making sense of our observations and experiences.’

Michelle’s has received multiple industry awards such as a Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award, Goldsmiths’ Centre Precious Metal Bursary Award 2020 and received a prestigious ceremonial mace commission by The University of Glasgow to be unveiled in 2021. Michelle’s graduate work has also been awarded both the Fife Contemporary New Maker Award 2020 and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths Graduate Award 2020.

Born: 1984
Place of Birth: Seoul, South Korea

Kyosun Jung’s work exudes a striking combination and contrast of simple forms with expressive decoration. Her designs are well considered, thoroughly developed and beautifully crafted with inspiration drawn from nature informing the surface patterns. Kyosun completed a BA Hons Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery course at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in 2014. She is currently working from the workshop of the internationally renowned silversmith Clive Burr at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

‘Research, original design and decorative features made to the highest standards is fundamental to my work. My technical work requires focused concentration and skill. I am always extending my technical learning and manufacturing capabilities and I am very interested in reviving traditional techniques in combination with technology i.e. Puk welding. This combination of old and new creates a different visual identity and the main techniques I use at present are; wire applications, hand engraving, puk welding, engine turning and enamelling. I find and utilise inspiring research from nature and geometry with its infinite creations for patterns and textures. For example, observing the linear qualities of water provide plenty of material for the decorative detailing in my designs and I also incorporate aspects of Korean and European aesthetics. My designs start as freehand drawings that are then taken into 3D forms with models and maquettes that are subsequently transferred onto the computer. I work well using both hand and machine technical skills to realise my designs and concepts. With my recent work, I have taken my enamel pieces inspiration from the night sky, sunset and sunrise. I love the sky’s different colours – it’s always changing; days and night, seasons.’

Public Collections include:
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The British Museum, London; The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers

Born: 1952
Place of Birth: North Wales, Hawarden

Jane Moore creates bright, colourful enamelled jewellery. Her inspiration comes from the simple silhouettes of traditional Japanese artefacts and textiles embellished with tiny, floral motifs. She also recalls vivid memories of her mother’s intricate embroidery. Ideas begin as drawings in her sketch book. Only when she arrives at a pleasing image does she begin to consider whether it is technically possible. While enamelling is rooted in traditional techniques Jane also embraces more modern, industrial methods, such as photo etching, laser cutting, or the application of fine enamel transfers.

Throughout her career Jane has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including regular appearances at The New York Gift Fair, EUNIQUE Karlsruhe Germany and SIERAAD Amsterdam. In 2006 Jane received the prestigious Kayman Award from the National Association of Jewellers (formerly the British Jewellers Association).

Born: 1970
Place of Birth: Lurgan, Northern Ireland

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Grainne was immersed in and surrounded by the traditional crafts, folklore, music and fairy tales of the country. Perhaps it’s this beginning to her story that has now imbued her work with it’s somewhat contradictory nature – all at once vintage and contemporary, precious and non-precious, spontaneous and ordered, junk and treasure. Each piece, carefully choreographed, the arranging and re-arranging of little objects, and precious things, moved and re-placed until they establish a relationship to each other and tell a story to the viewer.

Moving to Edinburgh in the late eighties to study at Edinburgh College of Art led to Grainne becoming an avid collector of antiques and ephemera. When her parents visited her in Edinburgh, they would go on antique-buying trips for their shop at home in Northern Ireland, and Grainne would tag along. Her collections became her inspiration, and her inspiration became her work. This use of unexpected, and delightfully juxtaposed, materials is where it all started, and 25 years later, is now firmly her trademark. Grainne’s work has been exhibited internationally and, in 2007, she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.

Public Collections include:
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Crafts Council Collection, London; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Ulster Museum, Belfast

Born: 1943
Place of Birth: Leeds

Born in Leeds, Paul Preston a.k.a. the ‘Red Mole’ originally practised architecture before becoming a self-taught jeweller. His combination of fine workmanship and imaginative ideas make him one of the most distinctive contemporary British jewellers today. Paul practised architecture for just two years before retiring to dive the waters round Lands End for crawfish and the recovery of non-ferrous metals from wrecks. His interest in jewellery began after seeing the jewellery of artist and sculptor Breon O’Casey.

A large proportion of Paul’s work is based on themes from nature, especially birds and fish. This natural world in metal often has a strong element of fantasy influenced by cartoons and story books, as well as a whimsical, poetic quality.

Paul Preston now works from his studio in West Wales. His work is in many public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Photography by David Watkins
Born: 1939
Died: 2018

Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI, was an international champion of modern jewellery. Her signature ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw’s work also encompassed designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso’s Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero’s Table (2004) and A Journey Through Glass (2007). Exhibitions such as Room of Dreams, which was designed and created as a theatrical stage set for the jewellery, have become embedded not only in Ramshaw’s spectacular career but also illustrate the commitment by The Gallery to truly original ideas.

Public Collections include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; National Gallery of Western Australia, Canberra; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

In August 2023 we presented Wendy Ramshaw – The Early Years as part of our Festival Presentation – Wonder Women. You can discover more about Wendy Ramshaw’s life and work in her words in our special blog series here.


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