A Newcastle art gallery is fashioning a new jewellery collection that explores line, shape and form.
The Biscuit Factory, the UK’s largest arts, craft and design gallery, welcomes new work from several independent jewellery makers this season.
Highlights include Yuki Kokai, whose intricate designs are crafted with exquisite detail. Her delicate pieces of jewellery are created from Sterling silver, 18ct gold and glass.
London-based Ellen Monaghan, meanwhile, manipulates silver and gold, with nods to Art Noveau and the Art Deco movement in her work. Some of her new pieces take inspiration from architectural metal work, including railings, gates and arches.
Julia Wright, who trained at Edinburgh College of Art, captures organic shapes in her latest collection, reminiscent of lichen forms, bubbles and seed pods. Decorated with clusters of copper hoops, bubbles and cups that are hand formed in her studio – the copper naturally evolves over time to create a truly unique piece of jewellery.
By contrast, designer-maker Elisabeth Barry creates simple carefully honed porcelain shapes glazed with muted tones and Sterling silver fixings. All her pieces have a tactile coolness that absorbs body heat when used.
Lauren Baker, jewellery curator at The Biscuit Factory, says: “We pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of our unique jewellery collections, and this autumn is no different. I’m thrilled to bring these jewellers into The Biscuit Factory; discovered at craft fairs here in the UK and also through our regular open call programme.
“This new collection showcases a variety of styles and materials, yet all are linked by their classic simplicity of design; with beautiful curves and angles complemented by semi-precious stones and hand formed glass.”
The Biscuit Factory’s autumn exhibition, which includes a new exhibition of paintings, prints, glass, ceramics and textiles as well as its new jewellery collection, runs from 2 September to 30 October 2016. The gallery is open seven days a week and admission is free.
For more information, visit The Biscuit Factory