Gilly Langton



Gilly Langton is a contemporary jewelry designer based in the remote Highland village of Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland. Gilly has been creating her bold sterling silver and elastic jewelry since 1997, selling and exhibiting in galleries, museums and fairs all over the world.

With a background in traditional silversmithing & jewelry, Gilly’s preference to making is very much hand on, manipulating metals through the fabrication of forms, usually architecturally inspired shapes, hand tooling marks upon the metal to create surface & texture,  combining the strength of the metal with the softness of hand dyed elastic, creating jewelry pieces with a unique color palette.

The use of elastic became apart of the jewelry workshop in 2001, after a desire to incorporate color into a predominately silver jewelry practice.  A research & development residency in 2010 at DJCAD gained Gilly the time to create the skills to develop new dyeing processes which would take her practice forward, developing a new body of work, which is well received on an international platform, for mixed materials in contemporary art jewelry.

The use of color creates a joyful quality to each piece, whether it be subtle shades or vibrant colors, the breath of palette allows Gilly to respond to any commission of color.

Inspired by Gilly’s nautical surroundings, engaging daily with the changing hues upon the seascapes & landscapes,  each color is a direct response to living and working in the small Highland fishing village of Plockton. Nautical architectural equipment scattered along the harbor, creates a starting point for each piece, using photography, sketchbook & sampling to document, research & develop every new piece of work.

Gilly’s jewelry practice began in Lancashire in 1997 and continued to forge ahead to this day, whether it been creating a collection of work for exhibitions such as Goldsmiths Fair, an exclusive collection commissioned by the British Museum, or supplying jewelry to national and international stockists. Gilly strive’s to push her practice forward, developing new skills, exploring the use of her chosen materials to create work that is identified as unique, contemporary & experimental.