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Stephen Bottomley

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Published: 08.09.2016

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Form, pattern, colour, surface, proportion and rhythm are all important elements in the vocabulary of my jewellery in both precious and non-precious materials.
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Black on white Traces, 2015. Enamel, steel, rubber. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Black on white Traces, 2015
Enamel, steel, rubber
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Black on Red Traces, 2015. Enamek, steel, rubber. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Black on Red Traces, 2015
Enamek, steel, rubber
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Moss brooch, 2015. Enamel, copper, rubber, steel. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Moss brooch, 2015
Enamel, copper, rubber, steel
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Necklace: Stella, 2015. Enamel, copper, gold, rubber, steel. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Necklace: Stella, 2015
Enamel, copper, gold, rubber, steel
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: White Exchanger/ Heat Exchanger II, 2012. Oxidised silver, enamel, Diamond dust, steel. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: White Exchanger/ Heat Exchanger II, 2012
Oxidised silver, enamel, Diamond dust, steel
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Square Gold Brooch, 2012. Enamel, silver, gold. Photo by: Shannon Tofts. Part of: Collection of National Museums Scotland. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Square Gold Brooch, 2012
Enamel, silver, gold
Photo by: Shannon Tofts
Part of: Collection of National Museums Scotland
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Black Diamond, 2012. Silver, precious yellow metal, enamel and diamond encrusted aerospace material. 5x5 cm. Photograph: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Black Diamond, 2012
Silver, precious yellow metal, enamel and diamond encrusted aerospace material
5x5 cm
Photograph: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: HEAT EXCHANGER, 2012. Copper, bronze, silver, stainless steel, enamel, diamond dust. 5x5x1.5 cm. Presented in the exhibition Heat Exchange. Stephen Bottomley
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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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Deep blue, 2012. Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Deep blue, 2012
Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Lemon yellow, 2012. Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Lemon yellow, 2012
Oxidised silver, blue enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Diamond Sky blue, 2012. Oxidised silver, enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Diamond Sky blue, 2012
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Yellow patch, 2011. Oxidised silver, enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Yellow patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Blue patch, 2011. Oxidised silver, enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Blue patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Yellow and red patch, 2011. Oxidised silver, enamel, gold. Photo: Shannon Tofts. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Yellow and red patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, enamel, gold
Photo: Shannon Tofts
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Gold patch, 2011. Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Gold patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Gold patch, 2011. Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel. Back view. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Gold patch, 2011
Oxidised silver, red enamel, gold, stainless steel
Back view
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Matrici Brooch, 2011. Silver, enamel, acrylic, resin, steel. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Matrici Brooch, 2011
Silver, enamel, acrylic, resin, steel
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Star badge, 2007. Steel, acrylic, enamel. ø 70 x 12 mm depth. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Star badge, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
ø 70 x 12 mm depth
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Star badge, 2007. Steel, acrylic, enamel. ø 70 x 12 mm depth. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Star badge, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
ø 70 x 12 mm depth
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Stephen Bottomley. Necklace: Star, 2007. Steel, acrylic, enamel. Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth. Stephen Bottomley
Necklace: Star, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth
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Stephen Bottomley. Necklace: Star, 2007. Steel, acrylic, enamel. Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth. Stephen Bottomley
Necklace: Star, 2007
Steel, acrylic, enamel
Beads ø 60 x 15 mm depth
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Green Velvet, Drape series, 2007. Steel, gold foil, enamel. 330 x 265 mm. Photo. John K McGregor. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Green Velvet, Drape series, 2007
Steel, gold foil, enamel
330 x 265 mm
Photo. John K McGregor
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Yellow Drape, Drape series, 2007. Steel, enamel. 480 x 384 mm. Photo. John K McGregor. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Yellow Drape, Drape series, 2007
Steel, enamel
480 x 384 mm
Photo. John K McGregor
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Tech-tile poster, Venice, 2007-08.
Tech-tile poster, Venice, 2007-08

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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Pink Drape, Drape series, 2007. Steel, enamel. 330 x 265 mm. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Pink Drape, Drape series, 2007
Steel, enamel
330 x 265 mm
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Blue Drape, Drape series, 2007. Steel, enamel. 480 x 384 mm. With tile from the Alhambra palace, Granade 
. (Tech-tile exhibition Hove 2008). Stephen Bottomley
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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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007. Silver, gold, acrylic. ø 299 mm. Photo Charles Colquhoun. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, gold, acrylic
ø 299 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007. Silver, gold, acrylic. ø 299 mm. Photo Charles Colquhoun. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, gold, acrylic
ø 299 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007. Silver, acrylic. ø 410 mm. Photo Charles Colquhoun. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, acrylic
ø 410 mm
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Stephen Bottomley. Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007. Silver, acrylic. ø 425 mm. Stephen Bottomley
Neckpiece: Untitled, Drape series, 2007
Silver, acrylic
ø 425 mm
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008. Silver, acrylic. ø 40 mm. Photo. Jeremy Sabol. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008
Silver, acrylic
ø 40 mm
Photo. Jeremy Sabol
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008. Silver, acrylic. ø 40 mm. Photo. Jeremy Sabol. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Matrici badge, 2008
Silver, acrylic
ø 40 mm
Photo. Jeremy Sabol
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Stephen Bottomley. Pendant: Euclid, 2006. Silver, cotton. 64 x 24 x 22 mm. Stephen Bottomley
Pendant: Euclid, 2006
Silver, cotton
64 x 24 x 22 mm
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Stephen Bottomley. Necklace: Matrici, 2006. Silver, enamel. Beads ø 70 x 20 mm Depth. Photo Charles Colquhoun. Stephen Bottomley
Necklace: Matrici, 2006
Silver, enamel
Beads ø 70 x 20 mm Depth
Photo Charles Colquhoun
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Stephen Bottomley. Brooch: Frame, 1998. 18ct Italian Red Gold. 40 x 40 mm. Photo Gallery Alternatives. Stephen Bottomley
Brooch: Frame, 1998
18ct Italian Red Gold
40 x 40 mm
Photo Gallery Alternatives
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Stephen Bottomley. Bangle: Ruff, 1999. 18ct red gold, pearls. Photo Gallery Alternatives. Stephen Bottomley
Bangle: Ruff, 1999
18ct red gold, pearls
Photo Gallery Alternatives
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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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2016:
Meeting  10 Jun 2016 - 10 Jun 2016  Three contemporary Italian Goldsmiths.
Open call  15 Apr 2016 - 23 May 2016  Artist in Residence programme 2016 at Edinburgh College of Art.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016  Heat Exchange 2 at St. Andrews Museum.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2015 - 08 Nov 2015  Heat Exchange 2 at Cardiff.
Exhibition  20 Jun 2015 - 09 Oct 2015  Black on Black.
2014:
Exhibition  17 Oct 2014 - 16 Nov 2014  Émaux at this Moment.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2014 - 12 Oct 2014  Shanghai Design Week: Metalsmithing & Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Exhibition  22 Apr 2014 - 08 Jun 2014  Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver.
2013:
Exhibition  01 Nov 2013 - 03 Nov 2013  Edinburgh College of Art at Connect, Sofa Chicago.
Open call  28 Sep 2013 - 12 Oct 2013  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial.
2012:
Exhibition  07 Nov 2012 - 28 Nov 2012  Stephen Bottomley: Retrospective.
Award  01 Sep 2012 - 03 Oct 2012  Cominelli Foundation Award 2012.
Exhibition  11 Jul 2012 - 26 Aug 2012  Badges & Buttons, Waistcoats & Vests.
Exhibition  03 May 2012 - 30 May 2012  Heat Exchange.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012  Diamond Jubilee Exhibition 2012.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2012 - 14 Apr 2012  Die Renaissance des Emaillierens.
2011:
Exhibition  06 Oct 2011 - 05 Nov 2011  Surface and Substance.
Exhibition  08 May 2011 - 12 Jun 2011  Silver Schools at Legnica Jewellery Festival.
2009:
Exhibition  06 Aug 2009 - 06 Sep 2009  Contemporary Jewellery from Italy.
2008:
Exhibition  27 Feb 2008 - 30 Mar 2008  Enamel Experience - International Badges Exhibition.
2007:
Exhibition  15 Dec 2007 - 06 Jan 2008  TECH-TILE.

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Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Estrada, Nicolas.  Promopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  Reworthit!. Bottomley, Stephen.  blurb.com:  2010
Book:  Tech-tile: Stephen Bottomley. Sheffield Hallam University and Musei Civi Veneziani:  Sheffield,  2008
Book:  Jewellers the Directory. Turrel, J (ed).  A&C Black:  2007
ISBN 978 0 7136 8409 4
Magazine:  Digit to the digital, Digital Creativity. Swets & Zetlinger:  2001
Vol 12. Authored paper
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