peter changWith deep regret we report the death of Peter Chang on 25th October 2017, one of the world's great innovative jewellers

Peter Chang yellow bracelet









The master of the unexpected, the wierd & the colourful in plastics, Peter Chang won the 1995 Jerwood Prize for Jewellery for "lasting significance and daring brilliance".

Born in London in 1944 to a British mother and a Chinese seaman father, Peter grew up in Liverpool during the swinging sixties, absorbing influences from its many cultures. He studied art at Liverpool College of Art, Atelier 17 in Paris, and the Slade.

He began working in acrylic in the 1960s, and in the 1980s applied this to jewellery.
Since 1987, Chang lived and worked in Glasgow.

His pieces have been shown internationally, with work in many important collections, including the V&A, MAAS Sydney, MAD Helsinki.
An early recycler, pieces were often made from redundant shop signs. Bangles were constructed around a core of polystyrene, and built up in layers of acrylics & resin. These often took up to 300 hours to construct.

chang bangle 2004 MAAS

 The bangle above is in the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, and a very good article is available here.

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool held a major exhibition of Chang's work in 2007 titled Unnatural Selection, with biographical & technical details & an interview,  which you can read here