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ABOVE Bead Pearl Neclace
  • LEFT 4 Silver Bangles
  • MIDDLE Corrugated Bangles
  • RIGHT Leaf Neclace
  • LEFT Textured Brooches

Jane Adams

‘In the garden, I find myself thinking about how man manipulates nature. Are hybridised flowers natural or not? I realise that I have always tried to make natural objects - shells or plants - but of course this is impossible for me to do.

So, rather than exercising total control over the outcome, I work with the metal to create forms such as curves or cracks.

Anodised aluminium offers unique opportunities for surface colour and texture, and I enjoy its structural limitations, finding myself forced to find original solutions to forming and assembling the work.

‘I am interested too in the mathematical order of organic forms. I begin with balanced geometrical proportions - though these will be stretched and distorted - and use sequences to create structures.

The resulting jewellery comes alive when it then finds a wearer, forming a sensual relationship with her and becoming part of the expression of herself.’

MA(RCA) Metalwork and Jewellery,
Royal College of Art (1982-85);
BA(Hons) Three-dimensional Design, Manchester Polytechnic (1978-81).

Selected Recent Exhibitions (*denotes catalogue)

‘Loot!’, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2006);
‘Collect’ (with Bluecoat Gallery) (2006)*; ‘Contemporary British Jewellery’, Gallery Bielak, Krakow & Gallery ot Art in Legnica, Poland (2005);
‘Celebrating 30 Years’, Crafts Council Shop at V&A, London (2005)*;
Galerie Lous Martin, Delft, Holland (2004);
Solo exhibition, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (2004);
‘Jewellery Unlimited’, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (2004)*;
What is Craft?’, The Hub, Sleaford, Lincs (2003)*;
‘Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery’, Chateau de Seneffe, Belgium (2002)*;
Solo exhibition, Noroeste, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2001) *;
‘Jewellery by the Top Ten’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London (2001);
‘Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets’, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA & international tour (2000–2005*);
‘Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Jewellery’, Crafts Council, London & tour (2000–01) *;
Solo exhibition, Arai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2000);
‘Jane Adam Jewellery’, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales & British tour (1999-2002) *;
‘Jewellery Moves’, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (1998) *;
‘Introducing Contemporary British Jewellery’, USA tour (1998).


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