Shine bright like a diamond

Thanks to everyone who visited us yesterday. We are up and raring to go this morning from 11am. There’s lots of sparkling highlights so get yourself a cup of tea and plan your day.

Arriving by train or tram? Then your first port of call is Rhiannon Lewis Jewellery at venue number 11. Up the stairs above RJs hairdressers. Move on next to Venue 12 The Little Workshop and Venue 13 B18 Leather for some unique handcrafted wares. Move on to venue 10 Katherine Campbell Legg to see a traditional jewellers workshop.

Our next cluster of venues begins just up from the Clock, Venue 7 sees work from Charlotte Lowe and Spearworks Jewellery, the entrance is on Vittoria Street, over the road is The School of Jewellery having its student Open Day. First left down Vittoria Street will see you arrive at venue 8 Tina Francis Tapestry.

Continuing down Regent Place brings you to Caroline Street where you can see contemporary jewellery and sculpture at venue 2 With Anna Lorenz and venue 1 holds beautiful organic jewellery with Dovile and EAN Jewellery. Dual Works on Kenyon Street is next with their great show room.

A short 4 minute walk takes you to Odox gallery venue number 5 where you can see artists and exhibitions, finally back over the road to learn about ceramics with Pavlov Ceramics at venue 6.

Get your steps in and enjoy your Sunday. There is a downloadable map on this site and paper copies at all venues.

Be great to see you!

Controlled heat

Chloe Minihane Slater of Spearworks Jewellery trained in the UK and Cyprus. Inspired by structure and organic forms co-existing balance.

Her signature reticulation techniques, geometric patterns and pyramid shapes highlight this tipping point in a contemporary fashion. Reticulation in jewellery making is a heat based technique that creates ripples and ridges across the surface of the silver. Working with a flame and a natural material means that sometimes the results can be unpredictable its this knowledge and how to articulate the effects that gives the jewellery its flowing but yet controlled edge.

The addition of exquisite pearls, amethyst and jade creates a full stop in the textured silver landscape. Truly beautiful accessible pieces.

Chloe states that ‘The enjoyment of handmade is one that I always cherish’ and a visit to the studio on 23 and 24th November will provide you with an insight into the techniques she uses and how pattern and shape informs her practice.

The studio is listed as having an address on Warstone Lane but the entrance is on Vittoria Street just up from The School of Jewellery. The workshop will be clearly marked, Spearworks shares the space with Charlotte Lowe who we featured earlier in our blogs.

Natural Flow

The passing of time and the marks that it makes whether on wood, in a flower bud or on our faces is what informs the practice of Dovilė Jewellery. Celebrating the changes that come only with time be it in seconds, days or years means noticing details that we can often miss.

Using the dark ebony appearance of bog oak and combining this with the golden glow of amber gives each piece a natural flowing conversation. Hard versus soft, dark versus light.

In 2019 Dovilė’s work has been exhibited in China, Lithuania and here in the U.K. its fun to think of these pieces adding to their own timelines as they move around the globe.

A visit to their workshop space at the back of Artisan Alchemy will show the process behind the materials which whilst informed by them needs a skilled artisan to bring them back to life. Also on show will be the new Silver Flow collection that echoes the shapes and forms of the bog oak and somehow “holds the pose“.

Open on 23rd and 24th on Caroline Street

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