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Rachel Jeffrey

Fellowship: September 1996 – January 2001 Farmhouse

Artform: Jewellery

I am a designer jeweller and see my work as meaningful sculptures in miniature.

In connection with the natural world I draw from the elegance and power of rocks, water and plants.

My work represents aspects derived from weather and nature. I see and feel the wild world around me and from these makes emotional, tangible pieces of jewellery.

The results are not always a reflection, but hopefully a close reality, of the emotions of geology and biology.

I continue to develop my career by gaining commissions, teaching a varied cross-section of age groups and securing appropriate media coverage. I opened my first shop in June 2005.



1992 -1995:Loughborough College of Art and Design, Loughborough, Leics. 2.1 BA Hon’s degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery

1995-1996 Bishopsland Trust, one year residency with Penelope & Oliver Makower

1996: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, University Business School, London. ‘An introduction to business for Jewellers & Silversmiths’.

1996 A Master class given by Rod Kelly

1996 Business Link, St. Albans, Herts. Business Courses.


Teaching & Community Experience (selected):

1996 ‘City & Guilds’ Teaching Adults

Ongoing since 1999 Oaklands College, St. Albans, Herts teaching 7822 & 7922 City & Guilds Ongoing since

Oct 98 Jewellery & National Certificate in Further Education – Jewellery.

May 2002 to Dec 2004 ‘Sparcs’ school projects in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

2000 Digswell Arts Trust Millennium Projects – co-ordinating an ‘Arts in the Community’ project with a young unemployed group in North Herts

Ongoing since Sept 99 ESF funded project teaching Women Returners



1997 Live Wire Start-Up Award for an Outstanding New Business

1996 The Princes Trust – Start-up award the Digswell

1995 Bishopsland Trust, one-year residency with Penelope & Oliver Makower


Key Commissions: Minister Church of St Mary, Silver Mace, Reading / Barn Owl Association and The Field Magazine, Golden Owl / Salmon and Trout Association, brooch for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday / Eccentric Club, gold cufflinks, arranged by Albert Stone of Upminster, Essex / Worshipful Company of Weavers, Ladies Gift, 1997, arranged by Freda Newcombe / Brooch commissioned by John Seaton for Connie Creighton, B.E.M.


Publications (selected):

2001 The Field, Quest for the Golden Owl / Vogue, The Gold Issue / Hertfordshire Magazine / Three Counties Radio, interview with John Pilgrim

2000 Tatler, Stocking Up / Richmond Magazine / Brides Magazine, Luxurious details, The Field, Pearl of the Dee / St. Alban’s Review, Queen Mother Brooch / Hello, Pearl of the Dee / Tatler, All that Glitters / Electra Rings and Things / BBC Training Video / Presentation Arts Board, Pilgrim Centre Bedford / Presentation Arts Board, Hertfordshire University, Herts / Presentation Digswell Arts Trust, University of Hertfordshire / You and Your Wedding, February

1999 Bliss for Brides, October / November / Finishing Touches



Exhibitions (selected):

2003 Bishopsland Retrospective Exhibition Supported by Arts Council England

2003: Jelly Leg’d Chicken Gallery, Oracle, Reading / Silver Sparks:

2002 Millennium Exhibition, Goldsmith’s Hall, London

2000 Country Living – Business Design Centre, London

1999 The Wedding Show – NEC, Birmingham

1999 Top Drawer – Earls Court, London Country

1999 National Wedding Show – Olympia, London

1998 London Wedding Show – Royal Horticultural Hall, London

1998 Summer Show – Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire

1997 International Autumn Fair – NEC, Birmingham

1996 Twelve Days of Christmas Brewery Arts, Cirencester Corn Exchange