Jane Adam

Jane Adam’s jewellery explores female sensuality, both in the nature of the forms themselves and in the way they feel when worn. Her most profound relationship as a maker is with the wearer of her jewellery.

Adam works with her materials, both precious metals and anodised aluminium, pushing them to find out what they will do. She sets out conditions so that materials behave in a certain way, applying techniques of texturing and forming, exploring and exploiting their particular properties. This approach gives her work an organic quality, which relates to natural forms and to the way they change and grow.

Adam has worked with anodised aluminium for thirty five years. With this everyday material, she creates pieces where soft marks in subtle colours exist on a shimmery, iridescent surface. Her original processes of dyeing, mark-making, texturing and forming have inspired many other jewellers. She delights in the weight and substance of these pieces and the inherent beauty of the metals.


  • 1954 London


  • 1982-85 MA Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1978-81 BA (Hons) 3D Design, Manchester Polytechnic


  • 2010 ACJ Origin Prize
  • 1997-01 Research awards, University of Central England
  • 1991 Visual Production Award, Greater London Arts
  • 1985 RCA Major Travelling Scholarship (to India)
  • 1985 RCA Allen Lane Penguin Book Prize
  • 1985 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Gems, threads and stories, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2017 Make, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
  • 2017 Loot, Museum of Art and Design, New York
  • 2015 A Sense of Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
  • 2013 Jane Adam - Beyond the Surface, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2006 Solo exhibition, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
  • 2006 Solo exhibition, Gallery CAJ, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2001-02 Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery, Crafts Council, London & national tour
  • 2000 Arai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005-05 Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA & international tour
  • 2000-01 Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery, Crafts Council, London & national tour
  • 1999-02 Jane Adam Jewellery, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales & British tour
  • 1998 Jewellery Moves, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • 1988-89 Contemporary British Crafts, National Museums, Kyoto & Tokyo, Japan
  • 1988 Special Effects, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
  • 1987-88 The New Spirit, Crafts Council Gallery, London and tour

Selected Publications

  • 2014 One of Us: the Jane Adam Club, Craft Arts International
  • 2009 Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith magazine
  • 2009 Jane Adam - Woman of Mettle, BBC Homes and Antiques magazine
  • 2008 Interview with Corinne Julius, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4
  • 2008 Jane Adam - The Face of Craft, Craft and Design Magazine
  • 2005 Jane Adam, Interior World Magazine, Taiwan
  • 2003 Rich Alchemy: Jane Adam, Ornament, USA


  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • National Museums Scotland, EdinburghNational Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Shipley Art Gallery & Museum, Gateshead
  • Crafts Council, London
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • MIMA, Middlesbrough
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
  • National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Hove Museum and Art Gallery
  • Goldsmiths’ Company, London

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