Jo McAllister
East Sussex
07733 227127
Using rocks and stones found on beaches or mountains as her hammers and anvils, Jo McAllister creates granite surfaces, reminiscent of earthly and lunar landscapes, that accentuate the whiteness of pure silver and reveal the rich, varied colours of high carat golds. Burnished, undulating edges are glinting counterpoints to her subtle, tactile textures.

Initially inspired by the deceptive qualities of desert light and the textures of desiccation within it, much of her work deals with light and space. Responding to ancient and contemporary, natural and constructed landscapes, McAllister makes contemporary jewellery and objects with metaphysical qualities: rings, bangles, pendants, brooches, ear-studs and cuff-links, some incorporating vintage optical lenses, feathers, and found objects.

New and ongoing works for 'The Ring Cycle' are exuberant, opulent, word-based rings incorporating flowers, feathers, powder puffs, mirrors and fur. Also new for 2015, her 'Enshrined' series uses uncut gemstones, set and tied with thread.

Jo McAllister works from her studio in East Sussex.


Art In Action, Waterperry Estate, Oxford, 16 - 19 July 2015
The Sussex Guild at Stanmer House, 21 & 22 March, 2015

Goldsmiths' Fair 2014
Lustre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. 2011-2014
Designer Jewellers Group at Barbican Centre, London, Summer & Winter 2012-2015.

More Images

Image 1
SketchBox pendant. Silver, 23.5ct gold keum bo, oxide. 2010-2014
Image 2
Enshrined brooches. Silver, 22ct gold leaf, aquamarine, Imperial topaz, thread. 2015
Image 3
Feathering No1 & No2. Pure silver, wool felt, Jay's hackle feathers. 2015