About The Curators

Dauvit Alexander




Rusty bolts lie by the side of the road. A coffee jar filled with corroded spring washers sits on the windowsill of a disused engineering works. Someone throws a cast-iron fencing spike into a skip. A piece of pitted steel washes up on the beach.

These are not the images normally associated with the worlds of either “commercial” or “art” jewellery but they are the sources of the material for most of my work. Combining these materials – especially corroded steel and iron – with precious metals and gemstones, using the skills of the traditional fine jeweller, I aim to make pieces which are aesthetically pleasing, technically interesting and, if possible, humorous: if they happen to be not just a little unsettling or disturbing, so much the better.

My jewellery is primarily aimed at men. Even in the supposedly free world in which we now live, jewellery for men is circumscribed by what footballers and actors wear, reported by magazines, filtered through a corrupting veil of media; men dare not strike out for fear of being tagged an outsider, a loser, effeminate... Using what would traditionally be seen as masculine materials – iron, steel – from traditionally masculine backgrounds – the road, the building site, the machine-shop – I look back to the last time men could freely wear jewellery: the Renaissance.

Renaissance jewellery was a glorious, allegorical, blackly humorous, alchemical mess. It was a triumph of skill and material over taste. It mixed precious with semiprecious with worthless, a riot of colour and shape. It was huge and overblown. It verged on the unwearable, comfort sacrificed, preferring to make statements about the wearer's beliefs, power and money. So it is with my own work: it takes a bold person to wear a piece by The Justified Sinner.

I did not originally train as a jeweller – but as a gardener – and largely taught myself the skills of metalsmithing, something which I view as an ongoing process, constantly learning, improving and expanding, pushing both what is considered possible and what is considered acceptable in jewellery.



1964, Bothwell, Scotland.


Professional Organisations:
Director: Association of Contemporary Jewellers
Member: Society of North American Goldsmiths


2008 – Paper: “Electrolytic Etching”, SNAG Technical Bulletin, 2nd Quarter
2009 – “1000 Ideas for Creative Re–Use”, ISBN: 978–15925354082010
2010 – “500 Gemstone Jewels”, Lark Books, ISBN: 978–1600593413
2010 – “Found Object Jewellery”, Stackpole Books, ISBN: 978–0811706028
2011 – “New Rings: 500 Designs From Around The World”, Thames & Hudson, ISBN: 978–0500289334
2011 – "Contemporary Jewellery Yearbook", Promapress, Barcelona
2011 – "Serendipity Magazine" issue 3, "Apocalyptic Art"
2012 – "Humour In Craft", Brigitte Martin, Schiffer, ISBN: 978–0764340598
2012 – "The Guide To Gemstone Setting", Anastasia Young, A&C Black, ISBN: 978–1408154991
2012 – "Heat, Color, Set & Fire", Mary Hettmansperger, Lark Books, ISBN: 978–1454700166
2012 – “Art Jewellery Magazine”, ed. Theresa Ablew, May 2012, “Hardware Store Jewelry”
2012 – “Metalsmith” exhibition in print, “Gothic Jewelry – Sinister Pleasures”, curated Valerie Steele, August 2012.
2012 – “Jewel Book 12/13, International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art”, Ed. Campos, Hogg, Dempf & Leclercq, Pub. Stichting Kunstboek, ISBN 978–9058564108
2012 – “Heavy Metal”, feature article in “Scotland On Sunday” magazine, “Spectrum”, Peter Ross, 4th November, 2012
2012 – “Pushing Boundaries”, feature article in “Silver Styles” magazine, Olivia Quiniquini, 8th December, 2012
2013 – “The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers: Techniques and Projects", Wing Mun Devenney, Pub. Search Press Ltd., ISBN 978-1844489626
2013 – “Showcase 500 Art Necklaces”, Ed. Ray Hemachandra and Chunghi Choo Kathy Sheldon, Pub. Lark Books, ISBN 978-1454703525
2013 – 14 – “Storytelling” – Series of articles over four issues, “Serendipity Magazine”
2013 – “Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out”, Privately published exhibition book, collaboration with photographer, Simon Murphy
2013 – (Pending) "On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets", Suzanne Ramljak, Schiffer
2014 – (Pending) “Patina: 300 Surface Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths”, Matt Runfola, Pub. Interweave Press, ISBN 978-1620331392

Ongoing: book and exhibition reviewer for “Findings” magazine


Online galleries:
2008 – Carrotbox, Jewellery Website, feature
2008 – Etsy, featured artist
2009 – V&A “Find, Make, Wear”, curated by Dorothy Hogg
2009 – HCJ Project, Jewellery Website, featured artist
2009 – ACJ Website, featured artist
2010 – Mar del Color Rosa, Jewellery Website, featured artist
2010 – Crafthaus, Craft Website featured artist
2010 – Etsy, featured artist
2010 – Front Page Artist, SNAG Website
2011 – Beads–Perles, Jewellery Website, Interview
2011 – 18ct.es, Jewellery Website, Interview
2012 – Crafthaus, Craft Website, Featured artist
2013 – KOJewel, Jewellery Website, Featured artist

Solo and Group Exhibitions:
1992 –1999 – Various PLE exhibitions around Europe
1999 – “Self–Defence In The Year 2000” - Connect Gallery, Glasgow
2005 – North Glasgow College Show, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
2009 – ACJ Scotland, Winter Show, WASPS Gallery, Dundee
2010 – Goldsmiths' Hall, Craft and Design Awards, London
2010 – ACJ Show, "Treasure" - London Jewellery Week
2010 – “Re:Collect” - Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales
2011 – Landfill Art Project, Pennsylvania, USA
2011 – “Beneath The Skin” - Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield
2011 – “Treasure” - London Jewellery Week
2011 – “The Kiss: Works inspired by The Cure” - Green Lion Gallery, Grand Rapids, USA
2012 – Solo show, Llantanam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales
2012 – Group show as part of North Glasgow College, Halifax, Canada
2012 – “Gothic Jewelry, Sinister Pleasures” - SOFA, Chicago, SNAG Exhibition; curated Valerie Steele
2012 – , “Gothic Jewelry, Sinister Pleasures” - Metals Museum, Tennessee, SNAG Exhibition; curated Valerie Steele
2013 – “Ferrous” - Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco; curated Mike Holmes, Elizabeth Shypert and Brigitte Martin
2013 - “I Am Iron Man” - Solo show, Ayse Jewellery Gallery, Istabul, Turkey
2013 “Handmade By Machines” - The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland
2013 – “Typography” – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England; curated Rachael Noone
2013 – “Darkness Descends” – Cursley and Bond Gallery, Folkestone, England
2013-14 - “Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out” – Society For Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh; curated by Kate Lydon; collaborative work with Simon Murphy, Photographer

Ongoing relationship with Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, Wales.


Finalist in PMC Studio open competition, 2006
Exhibited as part of Goldsmiths' Hall Craftsmanship and Design Awards, 2010


Research, scholarly activity and subject updating:

2003 – Experimental Mokume processes
2005 – Experimental Niello processes
2006 – Safer methods of Etching; Electrolytic Etching
2008 – present – collaboration with Dee Wilder (polymer clay artist)
2009 – collaboration with Sergey Jivetin (jeweller)
2009 – collaboration with Emily Watson (jeweller)
2009 – present – collaborations with Lisa Stevens (ceramic artist)
2010 – collaboration with Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill (japanese alloy specialist and jeweller)
2012 –13 – Curating online exhibiton on Crafthaus with Jeff Zimmer
Ongoing – Use of scrap materials to make fine jewellery
2013 -14 – Curating exhibition with Cari-Jane Hakes, “The Culling is Coming”

Ongoing – regular communications with other jewellers around the world


Teaching Responsibilities:
Fine jewellery techniques (NQ, HND)
Experimental jewellery techniques (NQ, HND)
Basic metallurgy (NQ)
Basic silversmithing and smallworking (NQ, HND)
CAD/CAM for jewellery (HND)
Photoshop (NQ)
Working with groups of students with learning difficulties
Working with schools groups


Invited Lecturer / Residencies:
2003 – Cornton Vale Prison – Basic jewellery skills – working with offenders
2006 – PLE Conference, Glasgow – Press–forming Techniques for the Small Workshop
2010 – ACJ Conference “Crossings”, West Dean, Sussex – Electrolytic Etching
2011 – Pittsburgh Centre for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, USA – “The New Junk Jewellery”
2012 – Pittsburgh Centre for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, USA - “You Can't Wear That” and “Expanding Techniques – Lesser-Known Techniques for Jewellers”
2013 – California College of the Arts, Oakland, San Francisco, USA – Talk about personal processes and works
2013 – Touchstone Center For Crafts, Farmington, PA, USA - “Ferrous Jewellery”
2013 – Pittsburgh Centre for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, USA – “Secrets and Surprises”
2013 – Shuman Detention Centre, Pittsburgh, PA, USA – “Enough Violence”, work with young offenders

Rob Jackson; Robert Ebendorf; Pat Flynn; Keith LoBue; Gilbert Scott; Jules Verne; Edward Gorey; Tim Hunkin; Terry Gilliam; Renaissance jewellery and silverwares, especially ecclesiastical; Victorian mourning jewellery; Hip–hop jewellery.


Jeff Zimmer




I am fascinated by exploring areas between certainty and doubt, and provoking a sensual experience of light.

In a polarized political and social atmosphere I view ambiguous subject matter and visual presentation as political acts. By creating enigmatic works, I intend to seduce the viewer into being comfortable with ambiguity.

I am interested in conveying a sense of the volume of space. The images are built through multiple firings of enamels on many layers of glass, allowing a depth of space within which objects ‘move’ as the viewer moves around the piece as imagery on each layer shifts in relation to the others and to the light.




1970, Minot, ND, USA. Currently Resides in Edinburgh, UK


MDES, Architectural Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK 2005


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, DK
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK


Exhibitions (Solo):
Jeff Zimmer: Whitewash March – April 2014
Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, FR


Exhibitions (Selected Group):
Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass September 2013 – January 2014
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Light and Shadow December 2012 – March 2013
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, DK
Royal Scottish Academy Open November 2012 – February 2013
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
European Applied Arts Prize (Catalogue) July – September 2012
Exhibition Hall “Anciens Abattoirs”, Mons, BE
Cultural Exchange (Catalogue) September 2012
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK
Curated by: Mieke Groot
Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Glass In A Museum Environment August – October 2012
Caithness Horizons, Thurso, UK
Lüstern Wohnen : Lichter – Leuchten – Lüster – Lampen January – February 2012
Eisch-Atelier - Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, DE
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show November 2011
Invited Guest Country – Craft Scotland
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
British Studio Glass May – November 2011
European Museum of Modern Glass, Rosenau, Coburg, DE
Curated by: Sven Hauschke
Trove (Catalogue) March – December 2011
Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth, UK
Curated by: Roger Dodsworth, Kari Moodie & Sandra Martin
Washington Glass School 10th Anniversary Exhibition May 2011
Longview Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
Curators: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers
Fête de Verre: Futur March – April 2011
Urban Glass, NYC, USA
Curators: Jane Adlin, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art;
Katya Heller, Heller Gallery; David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President, Museum of Arts and Design; and Claire Oliver, Claire Oliver Gallery
Essence September – October 2010
The Glass Art Gallery, London, UK
Curated by: Stephen Pollock Hill, Barbara Beadman & Peter Layton
British Glass Biennale (Catalogue) August – September 2010
Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK
Curators: Annabelle Campbell, Reino Leifkes, Sylva Petrova, Alan J. Poole & Colin Reid

Remarkable Glass (Catalogue) June – July 2010
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Curators: Sarah Edwards, Victoria Scholes, Alan J. Poole and Mieke Groot
Vitreous North, Works of Int’l Artists at North Lands Creative Glass March - May 2010
Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale, UK
Migrate, Scottish Glass Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition (Catalogue) June 2009 – March 2010
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery; St. Fergus Gallery Wick; Iona Gallery, Kingussie; & Broadfield House Glass Museum, Stourbridge, UK
Head of Curating Committee: Dan Klein
Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition January – March 2009
City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, UK
British Glass Biennale (Catalogue) August – September 2008
Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge, UK
Curators: Will Farmer, Jeremy Hunt, Deirdre Figueiredo, Kim Mawhinney &
Angela Thwaites
Scottish Glass Society Members Exhibition August – September 2007
Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow, UK
New Designers June – July 2006
Business Design Centre, London, UK
Scottish Glass Society Members Exhibition June – July 2006
Collins Gallery, Glasgow, UK
Masters Exhibition December 2005
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK
Anonymous May – June 2004
Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
Curator: Tim Tate
Propaganda of War October – November, 2003
Gallery at Warehouse, Washington, DC, USA
The Low End Theory February - March 2002
University of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA
Curator: Amy Wilson
Art*o*Mat January 2002 – June 2003
Touring exhibition, various venues in USA


Green Art: Trees, Roots and Leaves, E. Ashley Rooney, ed., Schiffer Publishing, 2013
La Revue de la céramique et du verre, Issue 192 (September - October 2013), Pascale Nobécourt,
‘Jeff Zimmer: Variations Sur le Paradoxe’
New Glass Review 34, 2013
GAS Newsletter, Volume 26, Issue 6, (December 2012 – January 2013), ‘Member Profile: Jeff
Zimmer,’ pp. 14-15
Craft Arts International, no. 80 (Autumn 2010), Reviews of '2010 British Glass Biennale' and
'Remarkable Glass’
New Glass Review 31 & 30, 2010 & 2009
Neues Glas/New Glass, Autumn 2009
Sustaining Stained Glass. Judith Schaechter, Glass, #92 (Fall 2003) 46-53
Some Success at Art-o-Matic Joanna Shaw Eagle, Washington Times, Nov. 2, 2002
Warning: Contents May Be Habit-Forming N. Miller, Washington Post, Jun 14, 2001
Big, Disorganized, and Beautiful Patrick Folliard, Washington Blade, October 6, 2000


Imagery on Flat Glass: Into Three Dimensions 2013
Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE
Creating 3-D Images on Flat Glass 2013
National Sculpture Factory, Cork IE
Painting on Glass – Skills Class 2013
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK
Tutor, Glass Department (Part-time, Temporary) 2012 - Present
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Tutor 2006 - Present
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Office of Lifelong Learning & Architecture Departments, Edinburgh, UK
3-D Imagery With Glass 2011
Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE
Interdisciplinary Glass, with Ursula Huth, Barbara Idzikowská & Scott Chaseling (Assistant) 2012
Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE
Painting in the Space of Glass, with Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend (Assistant) 2012
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK
Painting on Glass, with Cappy Thompson (Assistant) 2011
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK
Rolls Ups, with Scott Chaseling (Assistant) 2009 & 2010
Bild-Werk, Frauenau, DE
Teaching Assistant 2003 - 2004
Washington Glass School, Washington, DC, USA


Other Relevant Professional Experience
Sole Proprietor, Jeff Zimmer Glass 2009 - Present
Studio Assistant June 2006 – October 2009
Edinburgh Stained Glass House, Edinburgh, UK
Artist in Residence January 2006 – September 2009
Glass Department, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK
Manager of Cultural Programs/Outreach Coordinator May 2002 – August 2004
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, USA


Awards & Residencies
Arts Trust Scotland Grant Recipient 2010
Professional Development Grant Recipient, Scottish Arts Council 2006 & 2009
Gulbenkian Residency, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster 2006
Celeste Art Prize (Shortlist) (catalogue) 2006
Overseas Student Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 2004 - 2005


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