Jessica Turrell

Over recent years I have developed an experimental approach to enamel by which I seek to create work that moves away from traditional jewellery enamel practice in order to achieve a more ambiguous and expressive material quality.  In the series of pieces made for ‘Inner Voice’ I have used etching techniques to create layers of barely legible handwritten text and repeated marks that reference handwriting practice. These etched pieces are often made up of multiple layers with overlays of monochrome mark or text uppermost allowing for glimpses of underlying enamel in bright jewel-like colours. By being partially concealed the underlying colour is imbued with a precious quality and a rarity that it might not otherwise have if more boldly displayed.

The text used in the medal series comments on some of the desires and motivations of the jewellery wearer implicit in their choice of jewel; for example the desire to be noticed, to be admired or to belong.  Within my work I strive to achieve a tactile delicacy whilst making pieces that reward the wearers close attention with an intricate and detailed surface.

Born 1964, Bristol, England

1988 Central School of Art and Design, London - Jewellery Design BA Hons Degree
2007 University of the West of England, Bristol - MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking

1991 South West Arts Project Award
1993 South West Arts Project Award
1994 South West Arts Project Award
2007 AHRC Fellowship in Creative and Performing Arts
2008 Devon Guild of Craftsmen Award – Excellence in Enamel

Selected Exhibitions
2009 CUP, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2008 Sparkle Plenty, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, Virginia USA The Pendant Show, Velvet de Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, USA
International Badge Exhibition, Velvet de Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Playing With Fire, Devon Guild of Craftsmen touring exhibition, winner of Excellence in Enamel award
2007 Transformation, mac (Midlands Art Centre), Birmingham International Badge Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany
2006 The Art of Enamelling, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
2005 Wearing Glass 2, Oxo Gallery, London
2004 Jewellery-Unlimited, Association for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, UK
2001 Contemporary Print in Enamel, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University, Ohio, USA

2007- 10 AHRC Research Fellow in Enamel, University of the West of England, Bristol
1988 Present own jewellery and enamel workshop in Bristol
1988-07 Jewellery Tutor, Bristol School of Art
2002-07 Visiting Enamel Lecturer, UWE, Bristol
1992-95 Jewellery Tutor, UWE, Bristol

Professional Activities
2000-04 Steering Committee member of Jewellery-Unlimited exhibition, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
2004 Co-editor Jewellery-Unlimited exhibition catalogue
2005-09 Executive Committee Member for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery
2006-07 Editor, in association with publishers A&C Black, Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Directory of Members





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