Jessica Turrell


The miniaturised format of the jewellery form allows me to explore my ideas on an intimate scale. I seek to create evocative objects that might stir an emotional connection and thus give pleasure; not the obvious pleasures associated with the wearing of traditional jewellery but a pleasure more akin to the private enjoyment of finding an interesting stone on a walk and treasuring it as a small, unexpected, prize.

As I make I enter into a dialogue with my materials, trying to discover and explore their unique characteristics. My skill with enamel does not constrain me but serves to liberate; my knowledge of the materials gives me a fluency that allows me the freedom to investigate ideas through the combination of metal and enamel and to achieve the ambiguous and expressive material qualities I seek. I strive to attain a tactile delicacy and a weightiness that positively encourages touch. It is important to me that the pieces I create should reward the wearer’s close attention with an intricate and detailed surface.

Born  Bristol, England

Education
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

Awards
2008
 Devon Guild of Craftsmen Award – Excellence in Enamel
1994  South West Arts Project Award
South West Arts Project Award
1991  South West Arts Project Award

Selected Exhibitions
2011
 Surface and Substance – Part 2, CAA, London   
Surface and Substance – Part 1, Electrum, London   
Origin Craft Fair, London   
Drawing, Permanence and Place, Kunstverein, Coburg, Germany   
Grafika, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham   
Ornament, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Ireland   
Word Play, Stroud International Textile Festival,
The Museum in the Park, Stroud   
Mediterraneo, Museum of Natural History, Livorno, Italy   
Beneath the Skin, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield   
Alchemists, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester   
2010-2011  City, RWA, Bristol   
2010-2011  New Traditional Jewellery – True Colours,
award nominees exhibition,
SIERAAD, Netherlands; Villa Bengel te Idar Oberstein,
Germany: Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands   
2010  In the Frame, Studio Fusion Gallery, London   
First International Bagués-Masriera Enamel Award (finalist),
Barcelona, Spain   
Premio Fondazione Cominelli exhibition, Italy   
Origin Craft Fair, London   
A Golden Age of Lettering, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool   
Collectables 2010, Studio Fusion Gallery, London   
International Enamel Symposium, Erfurt, Germany   
2009  Inner Voice, Contemporary Applied Arts, London   
Surfacing, Enamelist Society Juried Exhibition,
Oakland Art Gallery, USA   
The Enamel Show, Velvet de Vinci Gallery,
San Francisco, USA   
2008  The Pendant Show, Velvet de Vinci Gallery,
San Francisco, USA
2008 -2009  International Badge Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany,
touring show   
2008-2010  Playing With Fire, Devon Guild of Craftsmen touring exhibition, winner of Excellence in Enamel award   
2006  Transformation, New Gallery, RWA, Bristol   
Wearing Glass 2, Part 2, National Glass Centre Sunderland   
2005  Wearing Glass 2, Part 1, Oxo Gallery, London   
Peter’s Barn Gallery, Jewellery Exhibition (exhibitor and curator) 

Selected Publications
2011 Surface and Substance, author of catalogue essay,    
2010 The Enamel Project – Jessica Turrell, author Ian Wilson,
Art Aurea Magazine   
2010 Author of journal article ‘Surface and Substance
 – a call for the fusion of skill and ideas in contemporary
enamel jewellery’, Craft Research, Intellect, UK   
2009 Work included in Mixed Media Jewellery, Joanne Haywood,
A&C Black, London   
2008 Work included in 500 Enameled Objects, Lark Books, USA   
2008 Work featured in 500 Pendants, Lark Books, USA   
2007 Work included in the Association for Contemporary Jewellery,
Directory of Members, published by A&C Black, London   
2004 Work featured in The Art of Enamelling, Linda Darty,
Lark Books, USA   
1994 Work included in First Steps in Enamelling, Jinks McGrath,
Apple Press, London 

Exhibitions

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