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Glass Wear '09

Part of Coutts London Jewellery Week


4th June to 11th July 2009




Zest Gallery is celebrating creative excellence with Glass Wear, our annual contemporary glass jewellery exhibition.  The show features work by some of the hottest British jewellers who explore the wonderful medium of glass. The exhibition is one of a number of exciting events at Zest as part of Coutts London Jewellery Week including:


Artist Talks
Simone BremnerThursday 11th June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Find out about the inspiration and making processes behind her stunning jewellery.


Natter, Necklaces and Nibbles with Jenni Rhodes – Saturday 13th June, 3pm

Sit back and enjoy tea and cupcakes with the fashion model and jewellery maker, and discover her passion for combining contemporary and vintage glass.


Prize Draw

Visitors to Glass Wear can enter the draw to win some unique jewellery.

First prize is a necklace from Marion Sterner's groundbreaking UV sensitive “Living Collection” worth £750. We also have a pair of Quintuple Bobble Earrings by Charlotte Verity worth £180 and a Sweetie Bracelet worth £75 by Simone Bremner.


Make Your Own Glass Pendant / Brooch Course
Sunday 14th June, 11am to 4pm
(hourly sessions), £40 per person.
Make your own glass pendant at Aaronson Noon Glass Studio with a little bit of specialist help from glassmaker Adam Aaronson!


Spaces limited for all events, please contact Zest to book your place.





Glass Wear exhibition information:


PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 3rd June, 6.30-8.30pm



Glass Wear highlights the versatility of glass as a medium for making jewellery. Each jeweller has their own method of working with this fascinating medium, which results in extraordinarily beautiful and varied work:


Abigail Stradling works with both hand blown and manufactured glass forms to make conceptual jewellery. Time and a sense of place are both themes that predominate in her collection of work.


Jed Green designs and makes jewellery using glass in combination with other materials including silver, wood and pearls. She creates innovative contemporary pieces inspired by the fragility and lightness of glass.


Jenni Rhodes first worked in fashion as a colourist then had her own children's clothing label. She has been a model for more than 40 years and now makes necklaces combining vintage and new beads with glass pendants, designed and made by Adam Aaronson.


Marion Sterner continuously challenges herself to discover new technical skills to combine with her creative ideas. Marion has recently developed a new collection of groundbreaking UV sensitive jewellery, which means her pieces take on a whole new life in the daylight.


Brett Manley studied at Central Saint Martin's and her work is part of the St. Martin's collection. Brett loves experimenting with kiln forming techniques and incorporating the unexpected quirks that occur during the making process.


Zoe Garner won the Pearson Glass Prize for best use of Glass in Flame Working and Jewellery in 2008. She is inspired by unusual forms and textures, and through the wearing of her work she aims to improve the way people feel about themselves.  


Antje Illner is inspired by organic shapes from nature.  Her jewellery aims to create a calming effect, either visually or by touch for the wearer. Antje joined the RCA in 1996 as a visiting lecturer and became a tutor in jewellery in 1998.


Simone Bremner was captivated by the fluidity and transparency of glass whilst studying at Plymouth College of Art and Design. Her jewellery collection is inspired by childhood memories, including the colours and shapes of traditional sweets.


Kathryn Wightman's work is inspired by textiles and fashion, which results in an explosion of colour, pattern, and texture. In 2007, she won best 'newcomer' at the Journal Cultural Awards for her achievements and involvement with the art in the North East.


Charlotte Verity's jewellery consists of multiple lustred blown bubbles inspired by gothic imagery and fashion.  She is a recipient of a Goldsmith's Craftsmanship and Design Gold Award.





Entrance to the exhibition is free and all work is available to buy from Zest Gallery.

Zest Gallery is open:  Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm


For images, artist biography or further information please contact:

Nell Reid on +44 (0) 20 7610 1900 or email







Notes to editors:


Zest Gallery

Zest Gallery is internationally recognised as London's destination for contemporary glass. Founded in 2003 by Adam Aaronson, Zest brings outstanding British and international glass to a wider audience through an exciting exhibition programme.  The gallery showcases the work of emerging talent alongside established artists who are the best in their field.



Coutts London Jewellery week is an award winning event celebrating London's jewellers, The week will feature big name designers such as Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane, whose pieces are worn by the likes of Christina Aguilera, David Bowie and Liv Tyler.


The aim of the week is to give a wider audience the chance to experience beautiful handmade jewellery by well accomplished British jewellers as well as showing off the rising stars, like Amanda Brighton and Assya. This is done through a number of different events, such as catwalk shows, exhibitions, treasure hunts and much more.



Aaronson Noon Glass Studio

Adam Aaronson's studio runs half-day glass blowing courses offering an exciting and intensive experience aimed at introducing beginners or novices to the wonders of hot glass. Further information available from / +44 (0) 20 7610 1900.



Adam Aaronson

For more than 25 years, aside from making his own glass, Adam Aaronson has been discovering and promoting emerging artists, including many who are now established glass artists, such as Tessa Clegg, Anna Dickinson and many others. He has always offered residencies and internships to both British and international artists and continues to support new glass talent by working collaboratively with artists, encouraging their use of hot glass in his studio.