‘Jane Adam is a lifelong innovator, a quiet revolutionary who has carried out her pioneering work with intelligence and perseverance through four decades.’ Dr Elizabeth Goring, 2019
Jane Adam’s original techniques of colouring and forming anodised aluminium jewellery have revolutionized contemporary practice in the UK and abroad. She finds preciousness in this everyday material, exploring the endless ways in which it can be dyed, formed and textured. Now she also works in precious metals, enjoying their inherent beauty, their generosity in creating form, their timelessness and emotional power.
Her work has a quality that relates to natural forms and to the way they change and grow; it explores female sensuality, both in the nature of the forms themselves and in the way they feel when worn. By becoming part of the wearer’s experience and personal expression, Jane’s jewellery is transformed and completed.
British jeweller Jane Adam’s work can be seen in major galleries, exhibitions, and public collections and, most importantly, being worn by her many fans and collectors, internationally. her work in is many major museums, including the V&A, London; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK; Crafts Council, UK; and Goldsmiths' Company, London.
For forty years, Jane has been involved in innovation and experimentation with dyed anodised aluminium, a metal which offers unique possibilities for colouration and mark making. Thus she creates jewellery where the value lies in what she adds as a maker or artist, rather than in the material from which it is made.
In recent years, however, she has also been working in precious metals, especially silver and gold bimetal, adapting many of her aluminium techniques to give form and surface texture, enjoying the possibilities offered by their generosity, meaning and inherent beauty.
Jane was born in London and studied at Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art.She has taught and lectured in Taiwan, Portugal, India, China, the USA and throughout the UK. She served as a founder of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, co-vice chair of the Crafts Council and as a trustee of Cockpit Arts, London, where she had her studio for many years before moving in 2015 to her own purpose-built studio in south-west London.
Soon after she graduated in 1985, she set up her studio in central London. Since then, she has concentrated full time on making jewellery, managing to combine artistic integrity, ongoing experimentation and technical innovation with a grounded sense of practical reality, to design and create ranges of jewellery that appeal to women of all ages. This is shown in leading galleries and exhibitions internationally, and by Jane herself at shows such as Goldsmiths’ Fair.
Her work is included in many major museum and public collections, including those of the V&A, Crafts Council, Goldsmiths’ Company, National Museums of Scotland, MIMA in Middlesbrough, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA.
She was a maker trustee and then co-vice chair of the Crafts Council, and a founder, vice-chair and chairman of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, and has been involved in many committees, selection and advisory panels for the crafts and jewellery sectors. She has taught and lectured in Portugal, Taiwan, India, the USA and in universities throughout the UK, and was Research Fellow at the Innovation Centre of the School of Jewellery in Birmingham from 1997 to 2001. Until 2019, she was a trustee of Cockpit Arts, where she had her workshop for many years before moving in 2015 to her own bespoke studio in South-west London
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.