Maker

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson makes special everyday jewellery and extraordinary three dimensional necklaces and bracelets which are comfortable and easy to wear. Her distinctive silver and soft black palette is playful and sensual, elegant movement is integral to her pieces.

Ancient chain maille patterns provide a constant source of inspiration for Thompson, who experiments with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making sculptural forms, 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. She 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 piece is formed, soldered and finished by hand.

Thompson gained a BA (Hons) in Jewellery from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA from the RCA London. She has been a maker member of Contemporary Applied Arts since 1997.