Artist jeweller to showcase 30 years of goldsmithing in January.
British goldsmith Jacqueline Mina will be hosting an exhibition of her work, called Dialogues in Gold, at the Goldsmiths’ Hall at the beginning of next year.
Mina is known as one of the country’s foremost artist jewellers and the exhibition will focus on her understated and sensual yet technically brilliant works from the past 30 years. Pieces on display will include loans from both public and private collectors, creating an unseen mix of Mina’s jewellery.
One of the earliest pieces in the exhibition is a necklace formed from loosely articulated graduated oval platinum forms sprinkled with gold dust and fused to the surface and compressed through steel rolling mills. Another necklace reveals a different innovative technique – small rosettes of wiggly platinum wire soldered together using fine gold, pressed into prepared forms and placed into a platinum frame; the result is a jewel that is both striking and simultaneously delicate with the strands of platinum resembling fine filigree work.
Dialogues in Gold co-curator and contemporary jewellery expert Amanda Game said: “Works have been carefully selected to show Jacqueline’s uniquely free and innovative approach to precious materials. Jacqueline has an authoritative use of traditional goldsmithing techniques allied to a strong artistic curiosity which result in works which have a rare aesthetic presence in the field of contemporary gold jewellery.”
Over the past 30 years Mina has never produced jewellery commercially, preferring to focus on handmade techniques and making each piece and component of a jewel herself in her low-tech workshop. The only concessions to technology she makes are a wire drawing machine and a pendant drill – everything else is made by hand using traditional goldsmithing techniques.
Throughout her career, Mina has always taught as well as producing her own body of work. Until 1994 she was a lecturer at the Royal College, in addition to teaching at colleges around the country. Some of her past students have become distinguished jewellers in their own right, notably the Italian jeweller Giovanni Corvaja and British jewellers Jane Adam and Catherine Martin, all of whom openly express their gratitude for her guidance and tutelage early in their careers.
Dialogues in Gold will run at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London from January 31 to February 26. The exhibition will be free to enter.