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Polly Wales

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Polly Wales

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London based Polly Wales put her creative juices to work and began crafting her own jewellery label. The talented designer works with a variety of materials including semi precious stones, resin, metals, felt, crystals, and even bread. Believe it or not, Polly created a clever ring out of bread and steel in a collaboration with fellow artist Lina Peterson. Wales' designs run the gamut from bracelets, brooches, rings, to earrings, with each stunning piece possessing a modern, eclectic feel. The artist also plays up her pieces with bold contrasting colors, making for a neat and striking effect.

Qualifications
2006
Goldsmithing, Metalwork, Silversmithing and Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London MA(RCA)
2002
Jewellery Design Silversmithing and Allied Craft, London Guildhall University, London BA (Hons)
1995
Art Foundation, Wimbledon School of Art
BTec
Related Teaching
2009-07
Visiting Lecturer, BA Applied Arts,
University College of the Creative Arts, Rochester, Kent
2009-07
Workshop Co-Coordinator Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
2009-06
Visual Arts Lecturer, City and Islington College, London
2009-05
Jewellery workshop Coordinator, Tower Hamlets Summer Uni, London Metropolitan University, London
2007-06
Design workshop Leader, OutReach RCA, Royal College of Art, London
2006
Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery technician
Royal College of Art, London
2006
Visiting Lecturer, BA Jewellery (2nd year project) Buckingham Chilterns University, High Wycombe
2004-03
Artist in Residence, Metalwork and Jewellery Department, London Metropolitan University, London
Selected Exhibitions
2009
Origin, Somerset House, London
2009
Solo Show, Jewelers Werk Gallery, Washington, USA
2009
Art in Action, Oxfordshire
2009
Showcase, Electrum, Gallery, London
2009
Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
2008
Earrings Exhibition, Ornamentum Gallery, New York, USA
2008
New York Gift Fair, International Trade Show, New York
2008
The New Organics, Electrum Gallery, London
2008
Cream of the Crafts, RBSA Gallery Birmingham
2008
Art In Action, Oxfordshire
2008
Solo Show, Windows Gallery, London
2007
Origin, Somerset House, London
2007
SOFA, New York, USA
2007
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2007
Showcase, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2007
Six Emerging Talents, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2006
Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2006
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
2006
Midsummer Madness, Electrum Gallery
2006
Generation, Royal College of Art, London
2006
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards Exhibition, London
2005
Fools Gold, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005
Artists War Medals, Imerial War Museum, London
2005
Anti-War Medals, touring exhibition, curated by Velvet Di Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, US
2002
Treasured, Peasbody Rooms, Linconshire
2002
Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2002
Summer Show, London Guildhall University, London
2002
Time and Nature, Goldsmiths Hall, Hanau, Germany
Collections and Awards
2007
Development Award, Crafts Council
2006
Short listed for the Deutshe Bank Pyramid Award
2005
Goldsmiths Craft and Design award, Goldsmiths Hall, London
2004
Artist’s War Medals Collection, Imperial War Museum, London
2002
British Jewellery Association Award for Design
2002
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Award for Innovation in Materials
2001
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Award for Outstanding body of work
2001
Time and Nature Jewellery Competition, 2nd Prize
Publications
500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry
Publisher: Lark Jewelery Books 2007
ISBN-10: 1579908233
Non-Precious Jewellery Methods and Techniques Design and Make
Author Kathie Murphy
A & C Black Publishers Ltd 2009
ISBN 9780713687293
Mixed-media Jewellery:
Methods and Techniques (Design and Make)
Author Joanne Hayward
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd 2009
ISBN-10: 071368867X