Ruth Tomlinson jewellery is driven by my passion for the magic of minutiae, tiny intricacies, small oddities, and the search for preciousness within the world. My inspiration comes from the idea of lifecycles, change in nature and the history of jewellery. There are four collections to date including the signature ‘Flora’ inspired by the delicacy of nature, using a unique combination of porcelain and precious metals, to create romantic and feminine jewels. ‘Encrustations’ inspired by stories of forgotten underwater worlds, using jewels and colours of the sea; pearl, coral and aqua’s imbedded in layers of silver. There is also the Opulent ‘Hoard’ collection and the newly formed ‘Sketch’ series, experiments in drawing with wire. Also I have just recently received the ‘Coutts New Jeweller Award’ to develop and promote the new wedding and engagement ring collection, to be launched in June during Coutts jewellery week, a new venture into the world of fine jewellery.
Born 1978, Lancaster
2003-2005 MA (RCA) Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery
1998-2001 BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design: Specialising in jewellery design. First class honours from Manchester Metropolitan University.
2009 Coutts New Jeweller Award
2008 UK Jewellery Designer of the Year, Retail Jeweller. Finalist
2008 UK New Jewellery Designer of the Year. Retail Jeweller. Finalist
2005 Theo Fennell prize for best jewellery design, for MA show at the Royal College of Art.
2001 Business Design Centre, New Designer of the Year, highly commended
2001 Wedgwood Future of Design Award for Ceramic Design.
2009 Contemporary silver 1979-2009, V&A, London
2009 Royal College of Arts Graduate show, Electrum, London
2009 New York International Gift Fair, USA (grant received)
2008 Cockpit Arts Open Studios, London
2008 Christmas show, Electrum, London.
2006/07/08 Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2007 Rising Stars, Goldsmiths Hall, London
2007 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire
2007 Objects of Desire, RSBA, Birmingham
2006 Collections 2006 Roger Bilcliffe Gallery Glasgow, Scotland.
2006 Talente, Munich, Germany.
06/07 Collect with Bishopsland/Galerie S O, V&A, London.
2005 International Graduation Show, Gallery Marzee, Holland /Germany.
2003- 06 Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London.
2004 Solo show, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2004 Headpiece for Nokia 1920s fashion phone launch exhibition. Shanghai, China and Bangkok, Thailand
1981-1984 BA (Hons) Design (Ceramics), Staffordshire Polytechnic
1984-1986 MA Ceramic Design, Staffordshire Polytechnic
1986-1989 Researcher in Ceramic Print, Wolverhampton Polytechnic
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon