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Jo McAllister

weight, scale, simplicity

Inspired by light, space and containment, jeweller Jo McAllister uses Stone Age tools on fine silver and high carat gold. She creates intimately land-marked surfaces with undulating edges that are hand burnished to contrast with granite-like textures. Jo has been continually developing her signature percussive technique since 1999, making jewellery and metaphysical objects that explore weight and scale whilst exploiting simplicity of form. Fused gold and hand painted oxides create optical illusions of implied light and dimension.

Bespoke, narrative pieces present heirloom gemstones and personal objects in miniature tableaux, evoking those who once wore them. Tiny diamonds are left loose, contained and magnified by rock crystal cabochons. The concept-led strand of Jo’s practice manifests in objects such as the Surreptitious Cloudwatching Compact, a metaphysical tool for daydreamers, and The Ring Cycle, an ongoing series of exuberant narrative rings based on words that end in -ring.

Jo McAllister for Goldsmiths Fair 2020 application

Jo McAllister for Goldsmiths Fair 2020 application

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