Creative Links: Making Coherent Object and Jewellery Collections

11 Sep 2024 · 6:00PM - 8:00PM
£12 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, EC1M 5AD
Programme type
Talks, Business Skills Training
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Are you a jeweller interested in making objects? Or a silversmith planning a jewellery range? Perhaps you make objects and jewellery already. Whatever your position, join our inspiring panel of expert makers - Alice Fry, Jessica Jue, Fred Rich and Samuel Waterhouse - who design brilliant objects and jewellery collections, to explore how they do this successfully.

They will discuss how they approach their combined practices, questioning; What range of skills are required to make both jewellery and objects well? How do you keep the quality of design and making consistent at different scales? What is the process for translating an aesthetic and theme across forms? How does making both objects and jewellery expand your collector base? What does a day in the life of their studio practice look like?

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and join-in the conversation.

Image credit: Fred Rich, Hendrix & Clapton Tankards. © Copyright Fred Rich Enamel Design.


Our monthly Creative Links talks and networking events, designed for emerging makers and creative start-ups, provoke thoughts and questions which will enable you to reflect on where you are and how to get to where you want to be. Build your network, create links, learn to grow your business and become part of the community.

Details of our upcoming events and topics covered are listed in our What’s On. Every other month the event will be hosted online, should you not be able to attend an in-person event.

We run our events in person at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and across the UK with a range of partners, and every other month our events take place online, so that as many of our community as possible can exchange ideas, learn from industry experts, and form valuable connections. We do not record or broadcast our events to encourage the open sharing of ideas and experiences. Popular topics will be repeated over time, so online and in-person participations can both engage in them.

Who are the speakers?

Alice Fry is an award-winning silversmith and jeweller whose metalwork encapsulates the natural beauty of crystals, rocks and mineral formations using the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé. Alice graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, before going on to train at the prestigious Bishopsland Educational Trust.

Alice has exhibited in New York at the international show “MAD About Jewelry”, as well as London Craft Week and The Scottish Gallery. She exhibits at the world-renowned Goldsmiths’ Fair, London, specialising in the metal niobium and is one of the only makers in the UK using this refractory metal. This enables her to add vibrant and iridescent colours to her jewellery and silverware through anodising.

Jessica Jue silversmith and jeweller based at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. Known for her sculptural aesthetic, Jessica’s design is deeply influenced by her Chinese heritage and Austrian upbringing, in which fluid and bold designs are created. She reinvents traditional techniques in silver to craft elegantly beautiful contemporary designs that have won her many accolades. 

Inspired by balance and harmony, Jessica draws and sculpts with dramatic use of fluid and organic playful curves and aims to create a sense of rhythmic movement within her collection. She skillfully manipulates her forms through the ancient art of hammering, while also introducing an abundance of rich surface textures, through the use of pattern and gold. 

Jessica Jue has won several awards at the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Awards and is represented in several major collections including The National Museums Scotland, The Goldsmiths’ Company and The V&A Museum.

Fred Rich is well established as one of Britain’s most dynamic and exciting art enamellers. His distinctive style and technical expertise make him one of the country’s foremost designer-makers, attracting a wide circle of discerning collectors, both at home and abroad.

Fred’s work, in which technical perfection gives free rein to creativity and artistry has won him many awards, including 4 times winner of the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award, a Diamonds International Award, and 4 times winner of The Goldsmiths’ Company Award. Whether it is exquisite jewellery or stunning enamelled silverware. Working extensively to private commission, Fred produces extremely personal pieces to be treasured by the client, and generations to come.

Samuel Waterhouse is a self-taught jeweller and silversmith from Northumberland, now based in Cockpit Studios, Bloomsbury. He aims to create simple yet contemporary jewellery and silverware which has original inspiration from ancient art.

His work is therefore inspired by antiquity, particularly ancient painting, metalwork and ceramics. Dramatic contrast in terms of colour and form are extremely important in his work and he therefore usually begins a piece by creating a particular alloy or set of alloys of gold for that particular piece. He especially enjoys working within a gradient of white, green and yellow golds as well as fine gold, occasionally marrying these with oxidised/blackened silver in order to create an effective contrast.