Joanne was educated at Edinburgh College of Art 1989-92 BA Hons (1st class) and the Royal College of Art (MA) 1993-95, setting up her studio in London with the help of a Crafts Council "Setting Up Grant" in 1995 and then returning to Edinburgh in 1999, where she works from her home studio. 2020 marks 25 years in business.
“Joanne Thompson is an Edinburgh based jeweller who makes special everyday wearable pieces and extraordinary three dimensional necklaces and bracelets which are comfortable, elegant and easy to wear. Her distinctive silver and soft black palette is playful and sensual; elegant movement is integral to her jewellery – beautifully made, beautiful on and loved by women.” Christina Jansen, Scottish Gallery
Ancient chain maille patterns are a constant inspiration, Joanne experiments with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making sculptural forms, necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable. Her aim is to create striking contemporary jewellery which can be worn for both special occasions and every day. Joanne is fascinated by unit construction techniques in jewellery making, enjoying the way hard precious metals can be translated into soft forms which flow and stir with the body. Every circle in each unique handcrafted piece is formed, soldered and finished by Joanne.
Joanne Thompson is featured in our Summer 2022 exhibition "From These Hands" alongside Xinia Guan, Jeong Ju Lee, and So Young Park. Traditional jewelry making is a metal based practice, and we pride ourselves on the cutting edge, contemporary craftsmanship of our artists. We've selected four artists that we feel exemplify unique modes of metalsmithing and jewelry making. The artists we've selected represent the next wave of metal.