A creative and diverse maker, Jo McDonald is inspired by her travels and an attraction to mystical and beautiful objects. As a jeweller Jo particularly enjoys designing and problem solving to make unique and individual pieces with skill and innovation. Over the last ten years she has designed and created unique pieces of jewellery that combine precious metals and selected gemstones. Most recently Jo’s white porcelain and rough diamond ring was chosen by the architect Zaha Hadid as one of her top twenty favourite pieces of jewellery at Goldsmith’s Fair 2014 and included in a designated showcase at the fair.
Quercus Gallery is delighted to be showing pieces from Jo’s new porcelain collection. In this collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets, porcelain is skilfully combined with fine silver and 18ct gold to create stunning pieces that celebrate the beautiful contrast between materials. Influences for these new pieces are drawn from a 1930’s colour palate, modernist painting and Art Deco.
Jo McDonald has a first class education in jewellery design and making, training at Sir John Cass College and attaining a BA Hons from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 2002. Jo also studied social anthropology at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), gathering inspiration from textiles, painting, folk art and beliefs rooted in South Asia. More recently Jo completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and teaches ‘Jewellery Making in Metal’ at City College Brighton and Hove.
Successfully making private pieces and commissions for Madame Tussauds over the last two years, Jo continues to create jewellery for waxwork celebrities in their exhibitions around the world.
Read more about Jo McDonald on her website here.