Wendy Ramshaw

‘Song’ brooch

2010

18 carat yellow gold.

‘Song’, an abstract design of wire and cut plates in 18 carat gold, hand-pierced and soldered, was commissioned by the Company as a large, unique piece following Ramshaw’s Drawings in Gold exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in 2008. Of these pieces, Ramshaw wrote: ‘Drawings in Gold is a series of drawings which have been transformed into gold jewellery. In my studio the lines of a series of pencil drawings are re-drawn exactly, but now using fine gold wires in place of thin pencil lines. The drawings re-emerge in the fine lines of hard gold and can be worn as jewellery… a finished piece just exists as a drawing in gold.’ Music was important to Ramshaw; her husband and fellow-artist David Watkins is also an accomplished jazz pianist and something of that experience is translated here. The brooch illustrates Ramshaw’s strongly graphic and linear approach to design and to new ways of conceiving, making and wearing jewellery. Wendy Ramshaw died in 2018. As Joanna Hardy writes: “To own, or wear, a Ramshaw creation is a privilege, and there is no doubt that her pieces will endure as works of art and continue to inspire for a long period of time.”

‘Leaf Diffraction, Prolate 2’, 2007, David Watkins

Wendy Ramshaw is the subject of one of the ‘Women and Jewellery: A Contemporary Perspective’ series of short films by curator and collector Amanda Game. The films celebrate the role of some remarkable women in designing, making, collecting and curating exceptional modern jewellery.

In this short film Amanda discusses brooches in her own collection with Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company collection.

The Scottish Gallery has created an online tribute to Wendy Ramshaw, CBE, RDI (193–2018). Find out here: https://scottish-gallery.co.uk/exhibitions/wendys-world
A series of films exploring Wendy’s World. View the films here.
Discover more about Wendy Ramshaw’s life and work in her words. Read the blogs here.