British Academy of Jewellery.


Exhibition  /  16 Jul 2016  -  08 Aug 2016
Published: 19.07.2016
Julianna Foster. Print: Swell Series I, 2014. Inkjet print, Fine Art hot press paper. 76.2 × 50.8 cm. Julianna Foster
Print: Swell Series I, 2014
Inkjet print, Fine Art hot press paper
76.2 × 50.8 cm
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Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox… It’s both things, like quantum physics: It’s a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together.  / Joan Jett

Artist list

Helen Britton, Raïssa Bump, Victoria Burge, Julianna Foster, Susie Ganch, Tina Rath, Biba Schutz, Bettina Speckner
About the Artists:

Helen Britton completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at Curtin University, Western Australia in 1999, which included guest studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich, the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and San Diego State University in California. In 1999 she returned to Munich to complete a postgraduate study project at the Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Otto Künzli. In 2002 she established her workshop in Munich with David Bielander and Yutaca Minegishi. Her work is held in the National gallery of Australia, in the Pinakothek der Modern, Munich, the Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and The Metropolitan Museum, New York, among others. In 2005 Helen was awarded the Herbert Hofmann prize for excellence in contemporary jewellery and in 2006 the state prize of Bavaria for craftsmanship alongside a project grant from the city of Munich. In 2007 Helen Britton was artist in residence in the city of Erfurt, Germany, and in 2008 was invited into Exempla at the International Craft fair in Munich. In 2009 Helen Britton was asked to make a solo exhibition at the Bavarian Crafts Council to coincide with the International Craft fair in Munich. In March of 2011 a new catalogue of Helen Britton’s work was launched in Munich by Helen Drutt-English. In 2013 at the invitation of The Neue Sammlung an overview of 20 years of Helen Britton’s work was shown as a solo exhibition in the Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany. In 2013 Britton was also awarded the Förder Preis of the city of Munich.

Raïssa Bump studied jewelry at Rhode Island School of Design and Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry under Giampaolo Babetto. She has been exhibiting her jewelry for over ten years and is skilled at making both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections–all of which speak to her interest in wearable arts, textiles & textile techniques and slow & methodical handwork. Raïssa is a keen observer of her environment, very curious and enjoys adventure–her jewelry is a reflection of this. She collages together her observations into pieces that are bold from a distance, yet draw you in, ask you to look closer and notice subtle details or how light coruscates across surfaces.
‘Likenesses depend on the transformations an artist sets in motion: consider the way in so many of these pieces, hardness is worked into flexibility, opacity is made to reveal a hidden clarity, how a cut-out, petal-like design suggests an abundant offering of flowers, and then, step back a bit –  even the spaces between the blooms themselves form airy bouquets.  The emotional qualities of materials, too, might be expressed by way of metaphor: in Raïssa Bump’s hand, a brooch can be complex, nuanced, full of lively contradictions like the best conversationalists — both open and self-contained, inviting and sharp. Spend time engaging (brooch or person) and it’s clear: what’s just below the surface unexpectedly asserts. What’s on top, unveils itself slowly. The urbane has its rough spots; that which is raw, its elegance.’ / excerpted from On the Poetry of Likeness: Raïssa Bump by Lia Purpura, 2014.

Victoria Burge 
holds a degree in Horticulture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Her prints and drawings work with concepts of mapping to create abstracted topographies. Recent projects, such as Light Study, map the fleeting effects of light on water. Burge’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs, both nationally and internationally.  Press and publications include reviews in ARTnews and Art in Print as well as front cover illustrations for Delphinium Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Conveyor Magazine.  Conveyor Magazine’s, Mapping Issue, for which she contributed the cover artwork, was featured in The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Millenium Magazines, in 2012.

Burge’s drawings and prints can be found in corporate, private, and public collections including The New York Public Library, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The British Museum.

Julianna Foster’s work begins with an existing narrative—a story or text that refuses to be forgotten. The Swell series originated from accounts of a nor’easter that hit a small town on the Atlantic coast, and its mysterious aftermath. The morning after the storm, residents of the town reported strange sightings out at sea, like clouds of smoke rising from the horizon, orbs of light, and unrecognizable objects floating on the water—fleeting visions that, as soon as they appeared, were gone. Swell is a retelling of events as Foster interprets them utilizing photographic images, artist books and newsprint editions. The series consists of digitally manipulated images using photographs both taken and found. Foster’s own shots are of natural landscapes, architecture, and hand-made, model-scale, built environments that are lit, photographed, and digitally manipulated. Through this series, Foster’s intention is not to illustrate in a literal sense, or to dictate and record the witness version of the experience, but instead to take liberties with a narrative account of an event and reconstruct the outcome.

Julianna Foster received an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking from the Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and a BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.She is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she has taught in various disciplines since 2003. Foster has been a guest lecturer at Rowan University and Temple University and has sat on Fulbright and Graduate Thesis Committees at UArts. Foster was a 2014 artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and selected as a 2015/2016 finalist at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. She is a recipient of several Faculty Enrichment Grants as well as a Faculty Professional Development Grant from UArts. Foster was an artist member of Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery from 2006 to 2013.

Her solo exhibitions include Philadelphia Art Alliance, Painted Bride Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial (2013 Wind Challenge recipient). Group exhibition include: Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (Lancaster PA), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Abington Art Center (Abington, PA), and Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA). She has also participated in international group exhibitions in England, Romania, Spain, Korea and Bulgaria, and has work featured in private collections across the country.

Susie Ganch (b. 1971) is an artist currently living in Richmond, VA. She received her BS and MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ganch is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Metal Program for the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also the Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that travels throughout the United States and abroad. A 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, Ganch’s work is featured in the 2015 exhibitions Material Fix (Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan WI),RUBBISH (Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI), andCRAFTED: Objects in Flux (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA). Her work has been acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and her 2014 exhibition TIED (Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA) was chosen as an Art Forum Critics’ Pick. Ganch has exhibited both nationally and internationally in such shows as Unexpected Pleasures (Design Museum, London, England, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), Heat Exchange (Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ, and Kunstmuseen der Stadt Erfurt, Galerie Waidspeicher im Kulturhof Krönbacken, Erfurt, Germany), Surface and Substance (Contemporary Applied Arts and Electrum Gallery, London, England and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales), and Evolution and Imagination(Cameron Museum, NC).

Tina Rath received her MFA from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine and is included in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY as well as in many private collections. Her work can also be seen in numerous magazines and books. Rath’s work has been supported by grants from the Maine Arts Commission. From 2002-2010, Rath was an Associate Professor at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and was the Chair of the Department of Metalsmithing and Jewelry from 2006-2009. She has also held faculty appointments at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2011 and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2013.

Trained as a graphic designer and printmaker, Biba Schutz has been a practicing, self-taught metal smith and jeweler for more than 20 years. She is well known for combining unexpected materials with metal in her work. In 2012, she began incorporating glass into her jewelry designs and was the recipient of an Artist Residency at The Corning Museum of Glass in the spring of 2014. Schutz’s works can be found in public and private collections around the world including the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, the Newark Museum of Art Art, New Jersey, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art and the Corning Museum of Glass. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Bettina Speckner began her studies in the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. After a few years she moved to the jewelry department under Professor Herman Junger receiving her diploma from Professor Otto Kunzli. Bettina has received many awards and accolades for her work including the prestigious Herbert Hoffmann Prize, commendations for the Danner Prize and The Prize of the State of Bavaria. Since her first solo exhibition in 1995, she has shown internationally, both in numerous solo exhibitions and group shows including Brooching it Diplomatically, curated by Helen Drutt English and Micromegas curated by Otto Kunzli.


Join us Saturday, July 23 from 12pm - 4pm for a special presentation by Raissa Bump
Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Original tintype on aluminum, gold, silver, tourmaline, beryl, chrysoprase. 10.3 × 5.4 cm. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Original tintype on aluminum, gold, silver, tourmaline, beryl, chrysoprase
10.3 × 5.4 cm
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Helen Britton. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, sapphires, diamonds. Helen Britton
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, sapphires, diamonds
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Raïssa Bump. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Silver, oxidized silver, clear glass beads. Raïssa Bump
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Silver, oxidized silver, clear glass beads
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Biba Schutz. Bracelet: Untitled, 2016. Oxidized silver, diamond, magnet. Biba Schutz
Bracelet: Untitled, 2016
Oxidized silver, diamond, magnet
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