Stacey West British, b. 1986
Stacey West is an award-winning contemporary jeweller whose handcrafted jewellery is inspired by the rugged Cornish coastline. Her latest collections of jewellery are the 'Interlocking Strata' and the 'Found Treasures' series:
The 'Interlocking Strata' collection encourages the wearer to interact with moveable, interlocking textured glass and metal elements. Caged within a handcrafted sterling silver structure the elements move freely and satisfyingly interlock, creating an experience for the wearer, whilst retaining a luxury aesthetic inspired by the lines, textures and colours found in the stratified cliffs of the beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Each piece is a cast of a rock texture from the Cornish coast, moulded in wax and then cast in a variety of metals or glass, owning its own individual features which are layered together as a complete jewellery item that explores contrasts between line and texture, organic and geometric, and translucency and opaqueness.
The 'Found Treasures' collection is inspired by the many hours Stacey has spent beachcombing and plays with the idea of finding something beautiful within an otherwise unremarkable material as well as highlighting the misconceptions of the processes within the gemstone industry. Pewter and silver are used to create a contrasting combination of geometric shape and organic form as gemstones appear to emerge from the uneven surface.
Based in Bude, North Cornwall, Stacey graduated from Plymouth College of Art, BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2016. Winner of Pewter Live 2015, and High Commendation from the Giftware Association.
Stacey West's unique jewellery is being shown for the first time in St Ives at the Porthminster Gallery.
Stacey West biography
2014 – 16 BA (Hons) Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing,
Plymouth College of Art
2010 – 11 NCFE Creative Craft Jewellery, Gregson Centre, Bude
2006 – 08 Foundation Degree in Fine Art, North Devon College with
2004 – 06 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design, North Devon College with
2016 Shortlisted for the Bench Peg Awards
2016 Awarded the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Visual Arts Prize
2015 Winner of first place in the Jewellery and Fashion category at the
Worshipful Company of Pewterer’s Live design competition
2015 High Commendation award from The Giftware Association
2017 ‘Ten Years On: Showing Off’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2017 ‘Get Fresh’, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2016 ‘Handmade in Britain’, new graduate showcase, Chelsea, London
2016 ‘Tent London’, London Design Fair
2016 ‘Now You See Us’, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth
2012 Collaborative exhibition, Waves, Bude, Cornwall
2017 Cornwall Today, March issue (‘Ten Years On: Showing Off’,
Porthminster Gallery, St Ives)
2016 Cornwall Life, December issue
PRIZED25 Nov 2017 - 6 Jan 2018The award-winning Porthminster Gallery in St Ives celebrates the festive season with a sparkling showcase of highly-prized and desirable new ceramic and jewellery creations by specially selected guest and gallery...
TEN YEARS ON: SHOWING OFF25 Mar - 6 May 2017To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Porthminster Gallery in St Ives, ‘Ten Years On: Showing Off’ is a unique exhibition showcasing eight artists new to the gallery, alongside gallery...