Ruth Tomlinson graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001. After a period as Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art she undertook an MA at the Royal College of art in Goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery.

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Her inspiration comes from lifecycles and changes in nature, in the transience from birth to decay. Ruth is also interested in archaeological finds, Pre-Raphaelite imagery and symbolism.

She enjoys responding to various environments and is open to spontaneous finds and observations, often finding hidden beauties, sometimes overlooked.

Ruth uses a variety of materials and aims to work them into jewellery of a sensitive and delicate quality. She hopes to evoke a sense of wonder around her work which leads people to question the idea of preciousness.

Ruth has received several awards including the Theo Fennel Prize for best jewellery at the Royal College of art in 2005 and the Wedgwood Future of Design Award in ceramic design in 2001.


Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dazzle, Merchant Square, Glasgow

Wedding Show Kath Libbert jewellery, Bradford

New York International Gift Fair USA

Showcase, Quest Gallery Bath

Rising Stars. Goldsmiths Hall, London

Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire

Objects Of Desire,RSBA, Birmingham

Talente, Munich, Germany

International Graduation Show. Gallery Marzee, Holland and Germany.

David Watkins Era. Contemporary Applied Arts. London,

New Jewellers. Blackwell house, Windermere, Cumbria

Nokia 1920s Fashion Phone Launch Exhibition. Shanghai,
China and Bangkok, Thailand

Solo Show, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Frische Brise, Orfeo, Koln Germany

Love Story, Goldsmiths Hall, London

Gallery Conceal, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Solo Show, Kath Libbert Jewellery, Salts Mill, Bradford

100%Design With Wedgwood, Earls court. London