Wendy Ramshaw


The shapes in my steel diamond jewellery are taken directly from technical drawings describing various diamond cuts and types. I made the pieces in this collection at different scales and finished the surfaces in different ways enjoying the irony of the most expensive stones in the world being recreated in these diagrams of steel. The steel diagrams are not without their own beauty.
In my jewellery I sometimes use diamonds mostly small ones but more often I use moonstones and coloured semi precious stones. Sometimes I mix the two, the diamonds sparkle and are full of light they draw the eye amongst the coloured shapes. I often work with diamonds to commission sometimes recycling old and much loved stones to make new statements for their owners. This is work I really like to do because it meets the heart of what truly personally jewellery is the one to one relationship of person with ornament.

Born Sunderland 1939

Education 
1956-60 N.D.D. Illustration and Fabric Design, College of Art and Industrial Design, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1960-61 A.T.D. Reading University
1969-70 Post Graduate Studies, Jewellery, Central School of Art and Design

Awards
2003 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to art
1993 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to art
1986 Lady Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths London

Exhibitions
2007 A Journey through Glass, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh 
2006 Colourfield: part 1, Primary Colours, Cambridge, MA, USA SOFA, New York, Mobilia Gallery, Adrian Sassoon and Clare Beck, New York, USA
2006 Collect, Scottish Gallery, Design Nation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2004  Wendy Ramshaw, Electrum Gallery, London Prospero’s Table, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 Wendy Ramshaw / David Watkins, Galleri Metallum, Stockholm Sweden
1998/9 Picasso’s Ladies, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the American Craft Museum, New York
1998 Jewellery Moves, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Selected Commissions
2007 Garden gate, Clare College, Cambridge – work in Progress
2005 Twelve White Screens, Westminster Green, London
2001/2 Barbican, screen and related light fittings – domestic interior London
2000 Southwark Cathedral. Millennium building. Glass panels and door handles
2000 The Prince of Wales Medal – Homes & Gardens Classic Design Awards in association with the V&A

 

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