Jewellery By The Top Ten

2nd March to 14th April 2001

Jane Adam
Malcolm Betts
Katy Hackney
Bryan Illsley
Nuala Jamison
Catherine Mannheim
Susan may
Marlene McKibbin
Noon Mitchlhill
Joanne Thompson

BIUS -furniture
Michael Brennand-Wood -textiles
Marianne Buus -glass
Simone Ten Hompel -silver
Annie Turner -ceramics

Marete Larsen

The ten jewellers exhibiting have been nominated by the public who have placed their votes in the ballot box marked ‘till’ so thay hardly need introducing. Jane Adam has stamped her unique mark on Aluminium, transforming it with surface textures and anodising, from a material not commonly associated with jewellery to one more fit to adorn the body. Malcolm Betts venerates precious stones by setting them with a unique understanding of purity, by coupling the clean lines of bezel or gypsy settings with subtle hand wrought textures on a combination of precious metals. Katy Hackney combines gold and silver, cellulose acetate and wood with such dexterity that it makes pieces that seduce the wearer with their charming quirkiness. Bryan Illsley’s love of his craft is obvious in pieces that celebrate technique in forms of gold, silver and a variety of stones that embody symbiotic relationship between maker and material. Polished and frosted acrylic is fashioned to make simple, pebble like forms that are coupled with silver or gold in Nuala Jamison’s eminently desirable pieces. Catherine Mannheim sets bold forms with precious and semiprecious stones that punctuate the textured surfaces of the sublime precious metal pieces. Susan May creates rings and other jewellery from fluid tendrils of simple coiled lines of forged gold and silver often culminating in exquisite clusters of granulated metal. Marlene McKibbin uses a diversity of materials from steel and Perspex to wood and elastic in bold and inventive ways to make diverse jewellery statements with intelligent detailing. Noon Mitchelhill creates delicate jewellery that combines a variety of simple textural details that can be moveable or detachable on bold forms to make pieces that are often versatile or interchangeable. The density yet daintiness of Joanne Thompson’s pieces draw one to handle and play with simple, clean, flexible chain mail forms made of silver which are often oxidised or plated to create further visual depth. Clearly knowledgeable, the supporters who have voted the top ten demonstrate a high level of discernment. In their choices, they have voted for the unique way in which these ten makers have found a voice through making jewellery forms that are too appealing to be left untouched in a showcase.

Elizabeth Olver



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