Jessica Turrell

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019
Published: 07.02.2022


Jessica trained in jewellery and enamel at Central School of Art, London. After graduation, she established a studio in Bristol, England, and now divides her time between studio practice and teaching. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Building on her training in traditional enamelling techniques Jessica has developed a more unconventional approach to enamel which is underpinned by ongoing research into mark making techniques. This approach, combined with investigations into printmaking techniques for enamel, formed the focus of her postgraduate study at UWE, Bristol, UK. In 2010 Jessica completed a three-year AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts based at the University of the West of England. The focus of the fellowship, entitled Innovation in Vitreous Enamel Surfaces in Jewellery, was the place of enamel within contemporary jewellery practice.


I work with vitreous enamel to create surfaces produced through repetitive mark-making processes. I test and respond to the subtle nuances that come with the micro-decisions I make as I work. The miniaturized format of the jewellery form allows me to explore my ideas on an intimate scale and my aim is to create jewellery that rewards close attention with an intricate and detailed surface. 
Deliberately rejecting enamel’s more conventional characteristics of shine and
colour in favour of a more nuanced and ambiguous surface, I have developed new ways of working with it that give the jewellery a particular tactile delicacy. 
My most recent work is an exploration into formal notions of composition, edge, line and negative space. I reference man-made agricultural landscapes, architecture
and cityscapes in small, intimate, wearable objects. I work in series, each group developing out of observations I have made about previous work. This attentive contemplation allows me to stay alert to the unexpected.

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Exhibition  21 May 2022 - 08 Nov 2022  Impertinente, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Limoges, France.
Exhibition  21 May 2022 - 07 Nov 2022  Conversation: International Exhibition of Enamel on Metal.
Exhibition  18 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022  A Word After A Word, Baltimore Jewelry Center, USA.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Fabricate.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2018 - 28 Jul 2018  The Miniaturists.
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Exhibition  08 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018  Pairings.
Baltimore Jewelry Centre, USA
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Like a Rolling Stone.
Meeting  07 Jul 2017 - 09 Jul 2017  20:20 Visions Conference.
Exhibition  26 Nov 2016 - 24 Dec 2016  White Christmas in Lisbon.
Open call  14 Nov 2016 - 20 Jan 2017  20:20 Visions Conference. Call for Papers.
Lectures  10 Jun 2016 - 10 Jun 2016  Three contemporary Italian Goldsmiths.
Exhibition  12 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016  Heat Exchange 2 at St. Andrews Museum.
Exhibition  23 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016  European Prize for Applied Arts Exhibition 2015.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2015 - 08 Nov 2015  Heat Exchange 2 at Cardiff.

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Book:  Like a Rolling Stone. Bottomley, StephenBirmingham City University:  Birmingham,  2018
Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas EstradaPromopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Research Article:  Surface and Substance – A call for the fusion of skill and ideas in contemporary enamel jewellery. Turrell, JessicaIntellect:  Bristol,  2010
Source: Craft Research, Volume 1, Number 1, 1 September 2010, pp. 85-100(16)
Magazine:  The Enamel Project – Jessica Turrell. Wilson, IanArt Aurea:  2010
Book:  500 Pendants & Lockets: Contemporary Interpretations of Classic Adornments. Lark Books:  New York,  2008
Book:  500 Enameled Objects: A Celebration of Color on Metal. Le Van, MarthaLark Books:  New York,  2008