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.
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