Abigail Percy

Rodney Rayner – Square Talon Ring, Mogul Pendant, Marquis Mogul Earrings…

Andrew Lamb – Pear Pendant Necklace, Alexandrite Ring and Perspective Brooch…

From the 14th to the 18th of September, Sotheby’s, London is holding a selling exhibition of some of the countries leading jewellery work. In addition to the wide array of beautiful jewels that will be on display, there will be the opportunity to meet many of the makers and to hear them talk about their work and what inspires them.

The exhibition encompasses many leading names in the jewellery industry, from established jewellers in the high-end luxury market such as Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell to designer makers [whose work is more often seen in Galleries] such as Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins. It is wonderful also to see the inclusion of newer faces on the scene such as Andrew Lamb [work pictured above] and Zoe Arnold….

You can email londonrocks@sothebys.com for more information about the exhibition.

I am sad not to be able to make it down to see this exhibition myself as I am sure this will be a wonderful event…but I would love to hear from any of you who are able to attend – please leave comments here and let us all know how it was if you make it. The catalogue is also beautifully produced with stunning photography and interesting biographical details about each jeweller, so is well worth picking up too.

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The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Jewellery, which I mentioned here late last year and again a few months ago, was finally awarded last night in London, by the Vogue {UK} Editor Alexandra Shulman. The prize was awarded jointly to Adam Paxon and Susan Cross…who will now share the £30,000 prize.

The judges said…‘Both artists work was considered to be complex in construction, exquisitely made and showing superb standards of craftsmanship’…they also praised the substantial body of new work both makers had generated for this exhibition.

Congratulations to both jewellers! The exhibition, which is always fabulous, runs in London until the 22nd of July before touring to Lincoln, Edinburgh and Bradford. To see the exhibition schedule…click here.

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Peter Chang – widely regarded as one of the greatest working jewellers of our time is having a large retrospective exhibition of his work, entitled ‘Unnatural Selection’ at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England…it will run from the 15th of June through to the 30th of September.

This is the first time early work and sculptures, along with drawings, paintings, prints and pieces from private collections from across the world will be brought together alongside his more recent jewellery explorations.

Peter Chang works with various plastics, such as Acrylic, Polyester, Resin and PVC and developed many of the techniques he uses himself…a true and original pioneer of the material. Read a short essay about Peter’s life and work here

I read that the exhibition may also be touring to London and Glasgow [where Peter lives] after the Liverpool show closes…so I will let you know as soon as I hear venue confirmations.

I think this is one show not to miss!

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Something that I absolutely love to see with any applied art work, is the artist/makers process drawings alongside their finished pieces…I think it adds such richness to the work, and gives you the most wonderful insight into the artists thought process.

Since first seeing Klaus Bürgel’s work I have visited his site many times to view his beautiful jewellery, paired alongside his deliciously complex drawings of facets and form. I particularly admire his aesthetic, which successfully fuses simplicity and complexity – that wonderful contradiction that makes work shine and always grabs my attention.

Klaus studied at the Akademie d.B. Künste, in Munich {as did Bettina Speckner who was the first jeweller I wrote about here!} which is a wonderful institution that produces some seriously amazing jewellery talent {I have visited the jewellery department there, and the workshops alone are inspirational!!}…and he has since gone on to teach at some of the most prestigeous art schools in America {including Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design in New York}. You can read a brilliant interview with Klaus on his website here which gives a little more insight into his work, his inspirations and his background.

I hope one day to see this amazing man’s work in person…I really do admire it a lot!

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I have been planning to post about the glorious work of Cal Lane for a while now…but when I saw {in my new copy of Selvedge Magazine} that she was taking part in the exhibition ‘Radical Lace and Subversive Stitching’ which is currently showing at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York I thought this the perfect opportunity [and perfect for WhipUp!] to do so!

Cal’s work first jumped out to me because of it’s delicacy and beauty…initially I was wowed as I thought she must have created the work with a fine piercing saw, cutting all these striking fretwork lace-like patterns into the steel – I was even more blown away when I found out she achieves this degree of delicacy with a industrial blow torch…working to burn out the organic patterning as she goes.

With this [sublime skill set] in mind…I so enjoyed browsing her website where her portfolio shows work ranging from Fine Art installations to more object based sculptures and pieces that have an almost jewellery-like finesse and lightness to them…the images above show Lanes ability to take an every day object and through applying her unique style and process, can turn our notions of functionality on their heads, revealing beauty and [an etirely different] form through the removal of material and the addition of pattern.

If you are in New York, the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibition runs until the 17th of June…I think it is great that a metalworker has been included in this show [I dearly wish I could see it!] and I think Cal Lanes inclusion will be a wonderful, and truly subversive, contribution to the other great work on show.

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