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Design Arts no:8 The Magazine for Applied Arts & Antiques
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November/December 08

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TO DECEIVE
At Kath Libbert's Jewellery Gallery at Salts Mill, there's a New British Graduate Show which again has a Carrollian connection. Called 'Curiouser and Curiouser', its theme is that nothing is what it seems and that seeing is deceiving, a useful concept to take on board at any age, but the sooner the better. Having seen the work of one of the exhibitors, Frances Wadsworth-Jones, at her Royal College diploma show, we were hooked from the start. Not so much by her ants (useful creatures though they be) but by her inclination, so refreshing in these times, to take the difficult road wheneasier ones beckon so enticingly. Frances admitted to an interest in granulation, a technique mastered by the Etruscans but since forgotten, and taxing in the extreme. The true jeweller (see article on page 8) like the best artists has to be truly obsessed. Anyone who could make 6000 tiny silver ants by hand and wind them into a chain is seriously up there with the angels. Ants, aside, it's the granulated brooches aping splattering from birds on high that are her greatest achievements to date.
If tiny globules of gold attached in a semi-miraculous manner leave you cold, look at the extraordinary work of Claire Johnston, who brings a new meaning to the old joke of 'Tooth Hurty'. The ceramic tooth fairy series are porcelain, silver and gold, "and the big modelled necklace is strung on human hair".

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk