JO McALLISTER

Jo McAllister designs and makes jewellery and metaphysical objects. Her award winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2001, notably at Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen; Electrum Gallery; the Crafts Council shop at the V&A; Contemporary Applied Arts; The Goldsmiths' Fair, London and LOOT at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. In 2016 a piece of her work was acquired by the Alice & Louis Koch Collection of finger rings, now housed in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich.

Encompass brooch Jo McAllister

Artist's Statement

Made in pure silver and high carat gold, Jo McAllister's work demonstrates a simplicity of form but not content. Since 1999 she has used stones found in the landscape as hammers and anvils to create subtly undulating surfaces and edges. These percussive disruptions made with Stone Age tools impart a sense of unexpected fragility to bold forms on which intimately land-marked surfaces convey an archaeological sensibility, accentuate the whiteness of pure silver and reveal the rich colours of high carat gold. Burnished edges are glinting counterpoints to granite textures reminiscent of earthly and lunar landscapes.

Initially prompted by the deceptive qualities of desert light and the textures within those landscapes, McAllister's work continues to be concerned with light and space. Her studio practice develops congruously with core jewellery pieces, metaphysical series of jewellery and objects having a distinctive sensibility.

Further Images

Stone Made bangles

Stone Made bangles

Stone hammered fine silver 999 and 18ct gold bangles

Stone Made rings

Stone Made rings

Stone hammered fine silver 999 and 18ct gold rings

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