Joanne Thompson

With 25 years of experience , specialising in chain making and working intuitively with her materials,  Joanne’s award winning iconic chain designs are created through experimentation with ancient chain maille patterns. Joanne plays with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making sculptural forms, necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable. Her aim is to create striking contemporary jewellery which can be worn for both special occasions and every day. Joanne is fascinated by unit construction techniques in jewellery making, enjoying the way hard precious metals can be translated into soft forms which flow and stir with the body.  Every circle in each unique handcrafted piece is formed, soldered and finished by Joanne.

In 2021, Joanne received the Goldsmiths’ Fair Best New Design Award as well as the ‘Gold Award – The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers in the category ‘Wire Innovation’.

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