Joanne Thompson

Joanne graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st class Hons Degree. From there she went on to complete an MA in Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London. Following this a ‘Setting Up Award’ from the Crafts Council enabled Joanne to begin her studio from which she creates batch production ranges alongside one-off pieces.  Using mainly silver and oxidised silver Joanne uses unit construction methods such as chain mail to  assemble necklaces, bracelets and rings, giving forms which are three dimensional, light, flexible, tactile and durable. Movement and comfort are important elements in the wearing of these uniquely handmade pieces.

Since graduating from the RCA in 1995 Joanne has exhibited nationally & internationally (see CV for details) Joanne has also exhibited regularly at Chelsea Crafts Fair (now Origin) in London.

1971 in Scotland

1989-1993 BA (Hons), Edinburgh College of Art
1993-1995 MA Jewellery, RoyalCollege of Art

Scottish Arts Council, Awarded funding towards foreign investment
2001 Finalist, British Craft in Japan Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair, Trade Partners UK
1996 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
1995 Achievement of Design in Precious Metals, Selfridges
1995 Travel Award & diamonds, Royal Society of Art
1995 Precious Metals Bursary, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
1992 Two week work placement in Hameln, Germany, with design & manufacture company MANU
1991 Platinum Award, second prize, Ayrton Metals

Selected Exhibitions
2009 Origin, The London Craft Fair
Showcase, CAA, London
2008 Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Simply Silver’ Crafts Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
2007 ‘Rise & Shine’ Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria, England
Showcase, Broughton Gallery, Scotland
‘Objects of Desire’ RBSA, Birmingham, group show
2006 Origin, the London Craft fair
SOFA exhibitions, USA with Charon Kransen Arts, (ongoing) group show,
The Yard, Nijmegen, Nehterlands
Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 ‘Alchemy 6’ Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, England
‘Rare Find’ New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, England
‘100% Proof’ as above, 2001
‘Ring Tones’ Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
David Watkins and his Students, CAA, London
2004 Solo Show, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Solo Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2003, 04, 05 New York International Gift Fair
2002 ‘Showcase’, Jane Moore Contemporary Jewellery, Leamington Spa, England
‘Rarefind Summer’, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey, England
‘Showcase’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England
2001 ‘100% Proof - a distillation of new work in jewellery & silversmithing from Scotland, Flow Gallery, London; Mobilia Galley & Velvet da Vinci Gallery, USA; Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
‘Jewellery by the Top Ten’, CAA, London
2000 Solo show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland

1996-1997 De Beers, jewellery for the prize winner, Diamond Day, Ascot





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