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Stephen Bottomley

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Published: 09.05.2014
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Brooch: Black Diamond, 2012
Silver, precious yellow metal, enamel and diamond encrusted aerospace material
5x5 cm
Photograph: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: HEAT EXCHANGER, 2012
Copper, bronze, silver, stainless steel, enamel, diamond dust
5x5x1.5 cm
Presented in the exhibition Heat Exchange
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Brooch: Deep blue, 2012
Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Lemon yellow, 2012
Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Diamond Sky blue, 2012
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Yellow patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Blue patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Yellow and red patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Brooch: Gold patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel
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Brooch: Gold patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel
Back view
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Brooch: Matrici Brooch, 2011
Silver, enamel, acrylic, resin, steel
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Brooch: Star badge, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
ø 70 x 12 mm depth
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Brooch: Star badge, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
ø 70 x 12 mm depth
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Necklace: Star, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth
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Necklace: Star, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth
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Neckpiece: Green Velvet, Drape series, 2007
Steel, gold foil, enamel
330 x 265 mm
Photo. John K McGregor
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Neckpiece: Yellow Drape, Drape series, 2007
Steel, enamel
480 x 384 mm
Photo. John K McGregor
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Stephen Bottomley.  © By the author. Read    Klimt02.net Copyright   . Tech-tile poster, Venice, 2007-08
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Neckpiece: Pink Drape, Drape series, 2007
Steel, enamel
330 x 265 mm
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Neckpiece: Blue Drape, Drape series, 2007
Steel, enamel
480 x 384 mm
With tile from the Alhambra palace, Granade
(Tech-tile exhibition Hove 2008)

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Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, gold, acrylic
ø 299 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, gold, acrylic
ø 299 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, acrylic
ø 410 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, acrylic
ø 425 mm
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Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008
Silver, acrylic
ø 40 mm
Photo. Jeremy Sabol
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Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008
Silver, acrylic
ø 40 mm
Photo. Jeremy Sabol
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Pendant: Euclid, 2006
Silver, cotton
64 x 24 x 22 mm
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Necklace: Matrici, 2006
Silver, enamel
Beads ø 70 x 20 mm Depth
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Brooch: Frame, 1998
18ct Italian Red Gold
40 x 40 mm
Photo Gallery Alternatives
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Bangle: Ruff, 1999
18ct red gold, pearls
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Statement

My jewellery is rooted equally in the past as the present. I am inspired by historical contexts, origins and the traditions of the goldsmiths’ craft and how their creative possibilities can be extended by modern technology.
Form, pattern, colour, surface, proportion and rhythm are all important elements in the vocabulary of my jewellery in both precious and non-precious materials. Recent work has evolved from a captivation with vitreous enamel, a long lasting and intoxicating material with a rich historical tradition but one open to contemporary interpretations through modern applications. I have become entranced by enamel’s ability to transform surfaces through soft saturating colour and the hard brilliance of glass. It possesses the power to animate inert pattern and shape with light, warmth and reflected movement.


Biography
Stephen Bottomley trained at the Royal College of Art (1999-2001) having previously studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design and the University of Brighton, which included a key period within Rhode Island School of Designs’ metal programme (USA 1998).

His first studio was established in Brighton with a Prince’s Trust Grant in 1990, he began dividing his time between teaching and making in 1992 when he began lecturing at Hastings College of Art, followed by the University of Brighton and the Surrey Institute of Design. He relocated to Sheffield as course leader of Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University 2004-08 simultaneously serving as vice-chair then fourth chairman for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ 2004-7). In 2008 he moved to Scotland as Head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art.

Jewellery is represented by the Crafts Council and Scottish gallery and held in collections by the British Museum, Royal College of Art and South East Arts and Crafts.

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