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Jeanne Werge-Hartley

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

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Biography:

I have always been intrigued by, and enjoyed solving, specific design problems using innovative and experimental techniques. I use many idiosyncratic methods to achieve my design concepts, I am interested in pattern and in using layers of detail to give depth to my pieces. My jewellery is often inspired by paintings or the intricate detail of architecture, as in the buildings of the Yemen. I also find inspiration in rich theatrical materials and costumes. In these pieces I introduce colour by using transparent enamels, often fired over roller printed patterns, fine wires and combinations of different coloured golds. I use 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 it becomes irreversibly hardened and is ideal for the three dimensional enamelling I do. I have recently used the Precious Metal Clay in a brooch which was a response to a textile artist with whom I collaborated with for the Fusion Exhibition, the clay allowed me to give the feel of ruched material as a background to my brooch. Every one of my pieces is individually designed.

Specialist Techniques:

Enamelling: cloisonne, champlee, plique a jour Rollerprinting from self-etched brass Idiosyncratic methods of setting gem stones Delicate and intricate wire work Use of hardenable silver to produce three dimensional enamelling

Awards:

Founder member of the Designer Jewellers Group, 1975.(Chairman 1989-1992)
Fellow and vice president of The Society of Designer Craftsmen.(Chairman 1976-1979 & 2005-2008)
Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Freeman of The City of London.

Training College:

Trained at Leeds College of Art The Central School of Arts and Crafts, London Worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Stage Jeweller 1952 NDD Jewellery and Enamelling at special level

Public Collections:

Portsmouth City Council, Freedom of the City Casket Hampshire County Council, Mace for Portsmouth University Mrs David Pritchard Mrs L Makinson Many other private clientele and collectors

Publications:


Articles:
2004 Embroidery Magazine Where (London)
2003 J-Dex Glass.(B.S.O.E.)
1999 Studio Pmc(Usa)
1992 Country Living 1986 Designer Craftsmen Journal 1985 Goldsmiths Gazette British Jeweller
1984 /June And Oct
1985. Good Gift Guide
1983 Decorative Arts (Japan)
1982 Silver(Usa) The Future Is Now Crafts Quarterly (Autumn)

Books:
Jewellery, ACJ Directory, A&C Black Publishing (2007)
Enamelling, Ruth Ball A&C Black Publishing (2006)Designing And Making Jewellery (2001) Sarah Macrae, Crowood Press ##Enamelling# on Precious Metal, Crowood Press Rings (2001), Jinks Mcgrath, Black. Gems And Jewels (1974) Rl Austin Evan Brothers.

Publication:
##Enamelling# On Precious Metals (2002) Jeanne Werge-Hartley Crowood.

Details of my work in many exhibition catalogues and articles in National newspapers Featured in two documentary films for BBC TV and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.


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    Necklace

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    Necklace (1)

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    Necklace (2)

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    Brooch

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    Necklace/ Tiara

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    Fusion Brooch

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    "Celebration" necklace

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    Maldives Collection

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    Firebird

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    Ring