Residency - Part 3 - The Exhibition

Glass Jewellery - Residency

Finished pieces and exhibition

Rings: Heather Woof.  Photography:  David Williams

Rings: Heather Woof.  Photography:  David Williams

During my residency, I worked with artist Joanne Mitchell using the waterjet cutter. This resulted in a series of test pieces and experimental works that explore light, transparency and pattern in glass. Working with repeated elements and simple forms to create subtle differences in opacity, transparency, shiny and matt surfaces. These pieces invite the wearer to observe the movement and play of light through these shifting surfaces and patterns.

Some of the finished works are pictured below, and will be on display the Exhibition:

'Jewellery - Wearable Glass'

Sunday 25th March - 1st October 2017

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Test pieces, glass (various) in black card.

Test pieces, glass (various) in black card.

Sculptural Ring 1, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 1, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, front view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, front view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, back view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Pendant, back view.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Pendant.  Optiwhite glass, steel cable, oxidised silver.

Pendant.  Optiwhite glass, steel cable, oxidised silver.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Pendant. Glass, Steel cable, oxidised sterling silver.  Heather Woof 2017.

Pendant. Glass, Steel cable, oxidised sterling silver.  Heather Woof 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, front view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

Sculptural Ring 2, back view.  This piece sits across three fingers.  Oxidised sterling silver, float glass, Heather Woof Jewellery 2017.

The exhibition opens at The National Glass Centre on 25th March 2017, and will tour later in the year to Ruthin Craft Centre.

Participating Glass Artists:

Joanne Mitchell, James Maskrey, Ayako Tani and Angela Thwaites.

Participating Jewellery Artists:

Heather Woof, John Moore, Emmeline Hastings, Chris Boland, Maud Traon, Christopher Thompson Royds, Kaz Robertson and Kate Haywood.

Residency - part 2

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Glass Jewellery - design development

I came away from my 10 day residency with a huge number of test pieces and samples.  I love the richness of colour, transparencies and crisp finish that can be achieved with glass.

Creating jewellery using glass as a material is a huge challenge.  Glass is heavy, and in some ways fragile. A slight ding can leave an ugly chip, spoiling the clean crisp edges. Jo Mitchell and I were working with the very smallest shapes and forms that the water-jet cutter could handle. Even still, these pieces seem massive compared to a jewellery scale. I am used to working within fractions of a millimeter and switching up in scale is both challenging and liberating.

My process often involves making tests in card or paper, before moving into metal. The images below show works in progress, developments and testing ideas.  I aim to develop 4-6 pieces into sculptural jewellery pieces.

work in progress

work in progress

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Exploring composition

Exploring composition

pendant
Glass components set in an oxidised silver frame.  Front.

Glass components set in an oxidised silver frame.  Front.

Back view

Back view

The final works will be shown in an exhibition beginning 25th March at The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

Residency - Part 1

Residency - Part 1

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Glass Jewellery - Experimentation and Collaboration

Over the past few weeks I have been taking part in a residency at The National Glass Centre in Sunderland.  Working with Glass Artist Joanne Mitchell to create experimental Glass Jewellery using the technique of Water Jet Cutting.  The project is both a collaboration and an exploration of new materials and techniques.  It will culminate in an exhibition at The National Glass Centre from 25th March, touring to Ruthin Craft Centre later in the year. 

I am one of 8 Jewellers and 4 Glass Artists taking part in the project.

Glass Artists: Joanne Mitchell, James Maskrey, Ayako Tani, Angela Thwaites

Jewellers: John Moore, Emmeline HastingsChris BolandMaud Traon, Christopher Thompson Royds, Kaz Robertson and Kate Haywood.

The images below show some of our experiments, samples and explorations in glass from the first part of the project.  I spent week 1 getting a feel for what is possible with Glass as a material and what the water jet can achieve.  I aim to explore pattern and structure by working with the edge of the glass sheet and playing with depth and transparency.

The next step is to take these inital test pieces back to the jewellery studio for composition and creative play before deciding which to edit, refine, push and finish!

Water Jet Cutter

Water Jet Cutter

glass sample
Glass Sample
work in progress
National Glass Centre

Watch this space!

Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards

Heather Woof Jewellery wins gold award

I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded gold, at the Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards.  The award ceremony took place on the 29th Februray 2016 at the grand Goldsmiths Hall in London.  Also known as 'The Jewellery Oscars', the competition showcases the best in the industry.

The award was presented by the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers for my 'Slinky Necklace' in 14ct Gold and Titanium.

Slinky Necklace 2015.  Anodised titanium, 14ct Gold.   Photography: James Robertson

Slinky Necklace 2015.  Anodised titanium, 14ct Gold.   Photography: James Robertson

You can find out more about the competition and other award winners via the Goldsmiths Crafts and Design Council Website.