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Jeanne Werge-Hartley Applied Art
Jeanne Werge-Hartley is a designer Jewellery maker and a member of the Designer Jewellers Group.
Trained at Leeds College of Art and The Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.Founded Jewellery Section at Portsmouth College of Art 1960 and headed the subject until 1990.
Current Chairman of the Designer Jewellers Group
Founder member of the Designer Jewellers Group (DJG)(Chairman 1989-1992)
Fellow and vice president of The Society of Designer Craftsmen (Chairman 1976-79)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Freeman of the City of London.
Member of the Association of Contemporary Jewellery.
Member of The Society of Jewellery Historians.
Jury member of the Jewellery section of The Royal Society of Arts bursary 1980 - 2000.

Who’s Who in Gold and Silver, Goldsmiths’ Hall.
Selected Commissions/collections:
Freedom of the City Casket for Sir Alex Rose
Commissioned by Portsmouth City Council.

City of Portsmouth University Mace(Commissioned by Hampshire County Council)

Many of her pieces are in private collections nationally and internationally. Most of her jewellery is directly commissioned. She sells her work through Exhibitions and a small number of Galleries. All her pieces are one-offs and never repeated.

She has in the past sold her work in:
Robert Feather, York
Davies and Vaughan, Gabriel’s Wharf, London.
The Stone Gallery, Burford, Nr Oxford.

Jeanne will be selling her work November 2008 at the Barbican Arts Centre.

PUBLICATION August 2002, “Enamelling on Precious Metals”
The Crowood Press.
Group Exhibitions:
Group exhibitions with the Designer Jewellers Group
Annual exhibitions at the Barbican Arts Centre, London. 1984 to 2005
Argenta Gallery, London,
John Mckellar Gallery, Hereford - Dec 1989
Alastair Gill Gallery, Bristol - June 1990
Amulet Gallery, Windsor - Dec 1990
Courtyard Gallery, Cheltenham - Jan 1991
Waltons of Chester - May 1991
Libertys London - Nov 1991
Cecilia Colman Gallery,London - Jan 1992
Pam Schomberg Gallery.Colchester - May 1992
Facets Gallery, Dartmouth - Nov 1992
Cecilia Colman Gallery - Dec 1992
DJG. Retrospective Exhibition, “Studio Jewellery of the Past Two Decades” Goldsmiths’ Hall, London - May/June 1994
Cecilia Colman Gallery - 1994
Dower and Hall, Beauchamp Pl - Summer 1997
“Celebration” 25th anniversary Exhibition of the DJG Barbican Arts Centre - Nov /Jan 99/2000.
“Celebration” Tour. Brewery Arts, Cirencester - Jan/Feb 2000
UCE School of Jewellery - March /April 2000
John Mckellar Gallery - May 2000
Facets, Dartmouth - July/Sept 2000
Steensons, Dublin - Sept/Oct 2000
Cecilia Colman - Nov/Dec 2000
Portsmouth Art Gallery - March/April 2001

“FUSION” DJG Touring exhibition - 2003/2006 (see DJG web site for venues)

Group exhibitions with the Society of British Enamellers
Electrum Gallery London - May /June 1986
Electrum Gallery London - Nov 1988
Light Infantry Museum, Durham - Mar/April 1989
Oxford Gallery - 1991
CCA. Gallery, Cambridge - April 1993
Kunstverein,Coberg,Germany - May/June 1993
Other Exhibitions
“Jewellery and Precious Metals.” The Design Centre - April/May 1996
“Precious Elements” Usher Gallery Lincoln - Oct 1986
Two Jewellers and a Potter Cecilia Colman - Nov 1998
Contemporary Jewellery Bonhams - Dec 1989
“Enamels” City Gallery Leicester - 1993
“What is Jewellery?” Craft Council - 1994
Contemporary Jewellery The Gallery, Poole - 2001
“Bedazzled”Bedales Gallery, Petersfield - 2001
“Sparkle 2001”Gallery 37,Sandwich, Kent - 2001
“Celebration in Gold and Silver” The Goldsmiths’ Company, London - 2002

Exhibitions 2003 / 2006

“Fusion” A touring exhibition of twenty two members of The Designer Jewellers Group and a group of National and International textile artists working in collaboration. Forward to the catalogue by Sir Christopher Frayling. ( see, Web site )

“Love Story” The Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Hall, June 2003
“Glittering Gifts” The Bilston Gallery Nov.- Dec.2003
“Designer Jewellers Group plus” Barbican Arts Centre Nov. Dec. 03 - Jan 04.
“The History of Craft” H.M.The Tower of London. July 2004
Society of Designer Craftsmen OXO Tower, London November 2004
DJG at The Barbican, London November 2004/Jan 2005
“Be Bedazzled” DJG, POSK Gallery London April/May 2005
Artist's Statement:
She has always been intrigued by, and enjoyed solving, specific design problems using innovative and experimental techniques. She uses many idiosyncratic methods to achieve my design concepts, She is interested in pattern and in using layers of detail to give depth to her pieces. Her jewellery is often inspired by paintings or the intricate detail of architecture, as in the buildings in the Yemen. She also finds inspiration in rich theatrical materials and costumes. In these pieces She introduce colour by using transparent enamels, often fired over roller printed patterns, fine wires and combinations of different coloured golds. She uses platinum, a variety of coloured golds, pure silver, Hardenable silver, Precious Metal Clay, enamel and unusual gemstones. Hardenable silver is an alloy of pure silver and 1% magnesium. Once heat treated the silver becomes irreversibly hardened and is ideal for the three dimensional enamelling she does. She has recently used the Precious Metal Clay in a brooch which was a response to a textile artist with whom she collaborated with for the Fusion Exhibition, the Clay allowed her to give the feel of ruched material as a background to her brooch. Every one of her pieces is individually designed.
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