Established in jewellery for the last twenty years, Donna Collinson has been creating several instantly recognisable collections of contemporary sculptural jewellery utilising the ancient lost wax casting technique. She works in solid silver, bronze and gold and takes inspiration from our British beaches and landscape.
Donna grew up in Devon where she spent happy times beachcombing the river Dart for natural and historical finds. By the age of 13 she was selling early work in a Kingswear craft shop.
After A levels she spent time travelling in Europe, immersing herself in the cultures she encountered, and pivotally working for a top contemporary designer in Crete. Returning to Plymouth she studied OND Design Crafts Jewellery where her work was influenced by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Peter Randal Page.
Further travels in Australia, Southeast Asia, China and Russia, researching endemic jewellery styles and cultural diversification informed her honours degree.
Donna graduated in 1994 from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design with a BA (hons) Metals and set up her studio in Guildford
The purity of form, clean lines and strength of materials, combined with details of gold, semi-precious and precious stones and oxidisation provide the work with an identity that is primitive, organic and temptingly tactile. Etched, reticulated, and satin finishes interpret the sea tumbled qualities of pebbles, shells and fossils.
Recently Donna has incorporated pieces of drilled sea glass in her work found by Kayaking to otherwise hidden inaccessible beaches.
Rings and bangles are ergonomically designed to fit to the body’s form considering comfort as central to good design. The work is interactive – created to be played with when worn.
Donna’s jewellery has been sold at select galleries and fairs. These include Bonham’s, The Royal Festival Hall, Fenwick’s of Bond Street, The Affordable Art Fair and Craft in Focus Fairs. Her work has featured in The Times, Cosmopolitan, in books and on television.
The jewellery is held in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Donna is delighted to be exhibiting at Sevenoaks, Winchester, Richmond and RHS Wisley.