Jo McAllister

About Jo McAllister

Trained at London Metropolitan University, BA 2001, MA 2003 under Simone ten Hompel, Jo McAllister has re-established her studio on the East Sussex coast where she designs and makes jewellery by hand, using traditional goldsmithing techniques and Stone Age tools. Influenced by light and space, ancient and modern landscapes her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally most notably at Electrum, Crafts Council at the V&A, Goldsmiths’ Fair, Galerie Marzee and LOOT at the Museum of Art & Design New York. ‘Feathering’ was acquired by the Alice & Louis Koch Collection of finger rings, Swiss National Museum, Zurich.

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Meet Jo

Jo McAllister uses fine silver and high carat gold in heavy gauges for wrapped and overlapped rings and bangles. She finger folds and forms finer, lighter pendants and brooches, using textured paper models with torn edges that she deconstructs for use as patterns. She constructs pieces by soldering, or using tabs and rivets and emphasises joints with gold solder, or by the meeting of undulating edges at various points along a ridge. Hand-drilled holes are forcibly punched and widened. Her hand-burnished edges and seams create glinting contrasts to granite textures reminiscent of earthly and lunar landscapes.

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