Jo McAllister

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.
Handmade Oxford - The International Contemporary Arts Festival
Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 June 2019
Waterperry Gardens, Oxford

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Friday 2 - Sunday 4 August 2019
Michelham Priory & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham BN27 3QS

Contemporary Applied Arts
89 Southwark Street
London SE1 0HX

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
2nd Floor, Salts Mill
West Yorkshire BD18 3LA
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.
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