Back to the Barbican

All ready for set-up on Saturday!

We’ll be open every day from midday till 8pm, from 16th May till 14th June, selling the work of 27 great contemporary jewellers in the fantastic setting of London’s Barbican Centre. Looking forward to it!


Back at the Barbican

Yes, the Designer Jewellers Group annual Winter exhibition is now open for business again at the Barbican Centre in London.

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As usual, set up was both hard work and good fun: it’s always great to meet up with such a lovely bunch of people, and to feel part of the team.

My shelf at set up: bear in mind that I will be bringing in new pieces during the show though!

Christine Kaltoft jewellery

Collect 2014

Yesterday I visited Collect 2014, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects run by the Crafts Council at the Saatchi Gallery. Visiting Collect was a priority for me this year: now that I live in the country it’s easy to feel out of touch with the cutting edge, and Collect surely represents that as far as contemporary craft goes.

I wasn’t disappointed. Right inside the door was the Bishopsland stand, and it was great to immediately see the work of two of our Designer Jewellers Group New Designers: Nan Nan Liu and Kathryn Hinton. I was also wowed by the amazing gold jewellery by Jacqueline Mina, which was simply stunning.

The Dutch jewellery galleries always have great work, and what caught my eye this time was the way that Iris Bodema had displayed a series of brooches. Each was mounted on a piece of white painted hardboard with – I guess you’d call it mark making rather than drawings – on it. Apparently purchasers get a pair of boards with each brooch: they really are works of art. I was persuaded to try on a brooch, which was actually very nice on: cotton and semi-precious stones. As one of the things I like best about Collect is the people watching I rather liked this picture showing the lively crowds!

In the next room ceramics by Pippin Drysdale sung out: it was luminous. I also loved the wooden jewellery by Flora Vagi. Several jewellers used wood but Flora’s was a bit different and beautifully crafted.

The Design Flanders stand had some great work, especially by An Alleweireldt, one of my colleagues in the Designer Jewellers Group. Her stand was particularly busy, and customers were obviously drawn to a gold ring which the Crafts Council had featured on their website. I also loved the fluid gold necklaces by Jeanne Opgenhaffen and ceramic wall pieces by Ria Lins.

Kazumi Nagano

Kazumi Nagano

Another piece I found totally captivating was this bangle by Kazumi Nagano. It was woven from fine gold wires and nylon threads. Amazingly light, flexible and shimmering in the light: it really was quite wonderful.

A couple of laser cut pieces caught my eye: some steel jewellery that was just like insects wings and incredibly beautiful and delicate, and also a vessel of laser cut metal that had been gold-leafed and hand-raised. Unfortunately it was displayed on wood and so the photo cannot do it justice, and I realised later that the maker’s name doesn’t appear anywhere, hence the name of the gallery only.

Another DJG New Designer, Mariko Sumioka, and DJG guest exhibitor Jessica Turrell were also exhibiting their new work, which was great to see.

As I love lines, I was drawn to the very graphic work of Armel Barraud, who used traditional lace-making techniques to create wire pictures. Virginie Rochetti’s computer aided embroidery was fascinating in many ways. Her hand drawn sketches are either taken into the computer or drawn directly on the computer, and then the embroidery is stitched by machine. I didn’t know it was possible: not on this scale anyway. Quite incredible.

Anyway, coming back down to earth – because a lot of the work in Collect is quite rarified – I could see Sasha Wardell’s simple, elegant ceramic lampshades in my home: they’re on the wish list. I loved the mixture of old and new architecture in the gallery itself: the shapes, colours, and light. And finally, with my senses heightened, even the steps in the tube station looked beautiful!

Back to the Barbican!

Well we’re all set up for our winter show at the Barbican now – it’s so nice to be back there – feels a bit like coming home!

My shelf at the Barbican

It was a bit of a quick dash: up to London for the day by coach, setting up my jewellery and fitting in a visit to Hatton Garden, but good to be pacing the London streets again. And especially lovely to see my Designer Jewellers Group colleagues!

DJG winter flier front

As usual, we’re showcasing the work of six great new designers, carefully selected at the New Designers show. Their work really does look fantastic this year, so do check it out!

DJG winter flier back

One thing you really should be aware of: this coming Monday, 18th November, is the private view evening for the show. We’ll be offering a 10% discount on all jewellery, all day, so if you can get along then: do!

DJG PV flier 2013

Made London

Full steam ahead now getting ready for ‘Made London – the design and craft fair’. This is a fairly new show. It ran for the first time last year, and in the absence of Origin, has quickly become a major player in the craft fair circuit.


Open from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October, with a preview evening on Thursday 24th, this promises to be a great event.

Sir John Soane Church

The venue is the stunning Sir John Soane Church, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.


I’m exhibiting as part of the Designer Jewellers Group, and our stand is in the Crypt: very atmospheric!

Tickets are £10 on the door, £8.50 if you buy in advance, or if you click here you can get 2 for the price of one. I also have just one free ticket (admits two people) that I will mail to the first person who emails me! It is for admission only on either the preview evening (Thursday 24th, 18.00 – 20.30) or on Friday 25th (11am – 8pm).

On The Line

Despite being rather preoccupied with Jack the puppy, I have managed to get a collection of work together for Studio Fusion Gallery‘s latest exhibition: ‘On The Line’.

Other exhibitors are Janice Zethraeus, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, and Biba Schutz.


It’s open now, until 9th September, on London’s South Bank, and well worth a visit.