Photo: Circle of Flames by Catherine Martin, credit: H.Schneebeli

Beyond the Rocks: Asia and Contemporary Jewellery

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18:30- 20:00


Miranda Rhys Williams

Beyond the Rocks: Asia and Contemporary Jewellery is a lecture which will offer a fascinating insight into the work of key contemporary art jewellers who draw inspiration from the arts and practices of Asia, particularly India, Japan and China.

Explore designs inspired by Indian sacred architecture, patterns and traditions of the Silk Road, Chinese landscapes, silk tapestries, Japanese Zen aesthetics, braiding techniques used for samurai armour, and much more.

Through their artistry and craftsmanship, contemporary jewellers create original works in both precious and non-precious materials. These range from beautiful reinterpretations of the traditional to exquisite experimental pieces. Their creations challenge our understanding of what fine jewellery is. Miranda Rhys Williams will examine the increasing role of design in contemporary jewellery, investigating whether jewellery as art will ever replace our love affair with precious rocks.

The talk will include the artists/makers: Poppy Dandiya, Flora Bhattachary, Alice Cicolini, Nora Fok, Nan Nan Liu, Mariko Sumioka, Kayo Saito and Catherine Martin.

This event is organised by the Bagri Foundation as part of Asian Art in London 2016.

Miranda Rhys Williams

Miranda is one of the UK’s leading specialists in contemporary studio jewellery. Her gallery Tyger Glyn has helped focus attention on studio and art jewellery, especially works in gold, and helped establish leading artist makers and rising talents. Miranda’s expertise and ‘eye’ is frequently sought by private collectors, journalists and institutions. As well as curating exhibitions and lecturing, she sits regularly on jewellery selection panels for major fairs.




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