Valerie Mead

Valerie Mead

My jewellery is made of silver with touches of warm rose gold. My designs are often inspired by observations of architectural details and man made artefacts. My aim is to make easily wearable elegant contemporary jewellery with clean and simple lines. I lightly texture the silver surfaces and add tiny rose gold rivets and wires to highlight the design and add relief and colour. I also use freshwater pearls and stones. I enjoy making individually designed jewellery to commission and work in gold, silver and a variety of stones, for customers visiting my workshop, e.g. engagement and wedding rings and other special occasion pieces.

I studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at Sheffield Poly followed by a Goldsmiths’ Company Graduate Apprenticeship and a residency at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Berkshire. I moved to the Edith Road Workshops in 1984. I have shown work in many exhibitions including Dazzle and the Goldsmiths’ Fair and sell through galleries around the UK.

I have pieces in several national collections, including Green College Oxford, Sheffield Assay Office and the National Museum of Scotland. I take part in Oxford Artweeks and have a Christmas workshop exhibition. I teach jewellery design at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.

I have been a member of OCG for 26 years.

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