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Jeanne Werge-Hartley

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About this designer / maker

Biography

I have always been intrigued by, and enjoyed solving, specific design problems using innovative and experimental techniques. I use many idiosyncratic methods to achieve my design concepts, I am interested in pattern and in using layers of detail to give depth to my pieces. My jewellery is often inspired by paintings or the intricate detail of architecture, as in the buildings of the Yemen. I also find inspiration in rich theatrical materials and costumes. In these pieces I introduce colour by using transparent enamels, often fired over roller printed patterns, fine wires and combinations of different coloured golds. I use platinum, a variety of coloured golds, pure silver, hardenable silver, Precious Metal Clay, enamel and unusual gemstones. Hardenable silver is an alloy of pure silver and 1% magnesium. Once heat treated it becomes irreversibly hardened and is ideal for the three dimensional enamelling I do. I have recently used the Precious Metal Clay in a brooch which was a response to a textile artist with whom I collaborated with for the Fusion Exhibition, the clay allowed me to give the feel of ruched material as a background to my brooch. Every one of my pieces is individually designed.

Price Guide

Jewellery commissions from £175 to £25000

Specialist Techniques

Enamelling: cloisonne, champlee, plique a jour Rollerprinting from self-etched brass Idiosyncratic methods of setting gem stones Delicate and intricate wire work Use of hardenable silver to produce three dimensional enamelling

Training College

Trained at Leeds College of Art The Central School of Arts and Crafts, London Worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Stage Jeweller 1952 NDD Jewellery and Enamelling at special level

Current Exhibition

Davies and Vaughan Studio 15 Gabriel's Wharf 56, Upper Ground London SE1 9PP T: 0207 928 8808 E: kutu@globalnet.co.uk

Exhibitions

2009
Summer Exhibition (Coutts Jewellery Week)
DJG in the Barbican
Aspects Gallery, Portsmouthm ACJ Wessex.

2008
Chichester Festival Theatre Foyer, DJG Ex.
Designer Jewellers' Group at the Bristol Art Gallery
Designer Jewellers' Group at the Barbican

2007
Chichester Festival Theatre Foyer, DJG Ex
Chelsea Town Hall, Society of Designer Craftsmen
Designer Jewellers' Group at the Barbican

2006
Chelsea Town Hall, Society of Designer Craftsmen
Chichester Festival Theatre Foyer, DJG Ex.
Designer Jewellers' Group at the Barbican

2005
Bebedazzled Posk Gallery, London

2004/52005
Designer Jewellers Group plus at the Barbican

2004-2005
History of Craft, HM Tower of London

2003/4
Society of Designer Craftsmen, OXO Tower, London
Designer Jewellers Group plus at the Barbican

2003
"Love Story" Goldsmiths' Hall, London
"Glittering Gifts" Bilston Craft Gallery

2002/06
"Fusion" travelling exhibition
(see www. designerjewellersgroup.co.uk for venues.)

2002
"Celebration in Gold and Silver" Goldsmiths' Hall
Designer Jewellers Group plus, Barbican

2001
"Sparkle" Gallery 37, Sandwich, Kent
"Bedazzled" Bedales Gallery, Petersfield
"Contemporary Jewellery" The Gallery Poole

2000/2001
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1999/2000
"Celebration" 25th Anniversary of the DJG, Barbican

2000/2001
"Celebration" Tour

1999
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1998
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1997
Dower and Hall, Beauchamps Pl, London
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1996
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1995
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1994
"Studio Jewellery of the Past Two Decades" Designer Jewellers Group
Retrospective Exhibition, Goldsmiths' Hall
"What is Jewellery" Crafts Council
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1993
Kunstverein, Coberg,Germany.
CCA Gallery Cambridge.
"Enamels" City Gallery, Leicester
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1992
Cecilia Colman Gallery, London.
Facets Gallery Dartmouth, Devon
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1991
Liberty’s London
Waltons of Chester
Oxford Gallery
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1990
Alastair Gill Gallery, Bristol
Amulet Gallery, Windsor
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

1988,1986,1984
Designer Jewellers Group, Barbican

Publications


Articles:
2004 Embroidery Magazine Where (London)
2003 J-Dex Glass.(B.S.O.E.)
1999 Studio Pmc(Usa)
1992 Country Living 1986 Designer Craftsmen Journal 1985 Goldsmiths Gazette British Jeweller
1984 /June And Oct
1985. Good Gift Guide
1983 Decorative Arts (Japan)
1982 Silver(Usa) The Future Is Now Crafts Quarterly (Autumn)

Books:
Jewellery, ACJ Directory, A&C Black Publishing (2007)
Enamelling, Ruth Ball A&C Black Publishing (2006)Designing And Making Jewellery (2001) Sarah Macrae, Crowood Press ##Enamelling# on Precious Metal, Crowood Press Rings (2001), Jinks Mcgrath, Black. Gems And Jewels (1974) Rl Austin Evan Brothers.

Publication:
##Enamelling# On Precious Metals (2002) Jeanne Werge-Hartley Crowood.

Details of my work in many exhibition catalogues and articles in National newspapers Featured in two documentary films for BBC TV and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Public Collections

Portsmouth City Council, Freedom of the City Casket Hampshire County Council, Mace for Portsmouth University Mrs David Pritchard Mrs L Makinson Many other private clientele and collectors

Awards

Founder member of the Designer Jewellers Group, 1975.(Chairman 1989-1992)
Fellow and vice president of The Society of Designer Craftsmen.(Chairman 1976-1979 & 2005-2008)
Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Freeman of The City of London.