Geraldine Fenn

I am a contemporary jeweller based in Jo’burg, where I have my studio and I’m
a partner in Tinsel Gallery, where we exhibit work by the country’s best
contemporary jewellers. I studied jewellery design at the tech in Durban, after
doing a BA in Archaeology at Wits, and a few years ago I went back to Wits to
do an Honours in Art History and then a Masters in Fine Art. I’ve participated in
and curated several group shows of jewellery and fine art, and two solo shows.

In terms of style, my pieces are often quite layered and figurative and I like to
use motifs associated with historical jewellery that is overtly sentimental.
I generally work with precious materials – silver, gold, diamonds, pearls and
other precious stones – as well as less traditional materials such as plastics and
found objects. Craftsmanship is very important to me, and I hand-make my
pieces using traditional goldsmithing techniques.

I have been involved in teaching both at Stellenbosch University and the
University of Johannesburg; I have been a judge for many years on the 2thuka
Jewellery Awards and on last year’s inaugural South African Contemporary
Jewellery Awards; and I have written pieces on local contemporary jewellery
published in Metalsmith magazine and Wanted magazine.



Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture,

University of Johannesburg,

Bunting Road Campus.


South Africa.


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