Jo McAllister

Jo McAllister
East Sussex
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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.

The 'Enshrined' series uses uncut gemstones, set and tied with silk thread.

Jo McAllister works from her studio in East Sussex.
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 July 2022
Michelham Priory & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham BN27 3QS

Goldsmiths' Fair – 40th Anniversary
Tuesday 4 – Sunday 9 October
Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN
Jo McAllister designs and makes jewellery and metaphysical objects. Her award winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2001, notably at Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen; Electrum Gallery; the Crafts Council shop at the V&A; Contemporary Applied Arts; The Goldsmiths' Fair, London and LOOT at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. In 2016 a piece of her work was acquired by the Alice & Louis Koch Collection of finger rings, now housed in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich.

Born in the Cotswolds, Jo moved to London aged twenty. After a lifetime of looking, including almost two decades working as a picture editor for national broadsheet newspapers and magazines, commissioning photography and researching pictures, she fulfilled an ambition to go to art college. Having started making jewellery in 1988, ten years later Jo attended The Sir John Cass College of Art & Design (London Metropolitan University) where she completed BA (Hons) and Masters degrees in Silversmithing, Jewellery & Allied Crafts, making work based on photographs made on her travels.

Hand made with Stone Age tools in fine silver 999 and high carat golds, Jo McAllister's work is recognised for its distinctive, granite like textures and its pared-back aesthetic. The concept-driven part of her practice is currently sustained by 'The Ring Cycle', an ongoing series of narrative rings. Her design work is mainly concerned with light and space and she is currently working on a series of brooches housing precious gemstone crystals. She lives and works on the East Sussex coast of England with her photographer husband and their skateboarding son.