Necklace for an Elephant and other Storys: The working Lives of David Poston

Exhibition  /  11 Jan 2016  -  29 Jan 2016
Published: 11.12.2015
School of Jewellery
Dr. Louise Taylor

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Described as a ‘restless non-conformist’, Poston’s career has spanned jewellery, international development, photography and working as an inventor.

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Delicate jewellery made of rose thorns, the hefty weight of a limestone necklace, a piece made of discarded Coca Cola bottle tops; Poston’s jewellery speaks of his restless, experimental spirit.
Exuberant and thought-provoking, Poston’s designs are at the same time minimal and sensual. He always wanted to make jewellery which related to the wearer’s self and which they would wear as much of the day and night as possible. He says “Jewellery is a way of reconciling people to their bodies, making them feel switched on. It is about how they feel inside and how they can realise that feeling.” By the time he was in his thirties, his work had been bought enthusiastically by people in the UK and elsewhere and by major international museum collections.
Besides being a jeweller of international fame, Poston has pursued several other careers, some of them simultaneously. For the first time, this exhibition brings together the different aspects of his creative career to show the significant wider impact he has made.
In 1970 he photographed The Rolling Stones in concert at The Roundhouse, and was commissioned to document performances by many contemporary bands such as Fairport Convention and by experimental artists such as Stuart Brisley and Marc Chaimowicz. In 1986 his PhD research into the development of rural manufacturing industries in Central Africa led to a new career in international development. Documented within the exhibition is an example of a mobile tool-making training workshop in Tanzania.
As an inventor Poston has at least six patent applications to his name. He has worked as an independent consultant in a number of highly specialised fields, including industrial and economic development, clinical informatics and medicine delivery design, and haptic interface technology. Today he combines making jewellery and being a consultant to new technology start-ups with gaining his pilot’s licence.
He says, “As a designer rather than an artist, the solution I develop to any problem feeds my ability to solve other problems I may encounter. The problems are different, training system or bracelet, but the intellectual tools are the same.”
Philip Hughes, Director of Ruthin Craft Centre, says, “Poston is both grand master and enfant terrible. He works in the realm of ideas – driven by process and technique, he is a profound thinker, writer and eloquent speaker. He achieved ‘the impossible’ with titanium, shocked the establishment with his necklace for an elephant, and is now at the forefront of the laser welding  technology applied to recycled tin and gold alike.”
Gaynor Andrews, Head of the School of Jewellery, says “We are delighted to be hosting such a prestigious exhibition at the School of Jewellery.  Heightening our students awareness of the diverse achievements of such a high profile Jeweller and designer will hopefully provoke ambitious thoughts of their own for the future
Alongside this the School will be hosting an afternoon symposium on Wednesday 13th January 2016. In conversation with David Poston: Across Continents: adventures in and beyond contemporary Jewellery.
>> For more information and to book a place visit this Webpage. (Tickets £10)
Notes to Editors: 
David Poston was born in 1948 and lives and works near Diss in Suffolk. A colour publication accompanies this exhibition with a major essay by Dr Elizabeth Goring. This is David Poston’s first retrospective exhibition and tours to the following venues:
Birmingham School of Jewellery 11 January – 29 January 2016
Dovecot, Edinburgh February – March 2016
David Poston. Bracelet: Untitled, 1989. Hand-forged stainless steel. David Poston
Bracelet: Untitled, 1989
Hand-forged stainless steel
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