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Jacky utilises a range of metal techniques and processes to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces, for exhibitions, commissions and residencies.

Teaching and leading workshops has been a key part of her practice.

Photograph by Barbara Chandler for Design Nation 


Working in a process led way, ideas are allowed to be fluid making full use thorough research, thoughtful interpretation of the subject she then selects the appropriate technique, materials and scale to create a well informed, highly crafted final outcomes.

Jacky has undertaken residencies and projects in a number of institutions. These include Museums, a botanic garden, in a Library, schools, colleges and universities. Within the community she has facilitated workshops in care homes, with groups in libraries, mixed ability adult/ children workshops and sessions with participants with special needs. Varying in level and timescale from beginner to undergraduate.

Jacky enjoys bringing together a selection of research to create artefacts that stimulate viewers to consider and reflect on the piece on a number of levels. Each project is completely unique and the final outcome is always determined by the journey of exploration. She works in a reactive way that is process led. Responding to research, ideas are allowed to be fluid until all avenues have been explored with model-making and workshop development.

Her work brings together research from museums, archives and the local community, to inform the final artefacts, creating work that builds up a multilayered sense of a place or event. Working with archives, Jacky has created pieces that give a contemporary interpretation to historic material. She creates thought provoking, well considered works that demonstrate high technical skills.



1994-1998             Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jeweller M.A.(R.C.A) Royal College of Art, London.

1990-1994             B.A. (Hons) 2:1 Jewellery Middlesex University  

1999-2000            PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Coventry University  


2022.                    'Our Journey' with Design Nation, The Hub Sleaford.

2021-2022           ' We are commoners' by Craftspace, Oriel Davies Gallery, Leicester Gallery De Montfort University,

                               Make South West,, The Civic Barnsley, National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford

2021                      Collect presented by Design Nation

2020                     Collect Open, Collect Somerset House, London

2020                     50 Bees Black Swan Art Centre, Frome

2019                      Pewter Live 2019 The Worshipful Company of Pewters

2018                      Collect presented by Vessel ,Collaboration - Oliver and Hawes, Saatchi Gallery, London

2016                     ‘The Marsh She Knows’ Art in Romney Marsh

2014                      Craft and Conflict Bilston Craft Gallery

2013                      Craftsense Bilston Craft Gallery

2007                     Solo Show The Chapel Gallery, Leek, Staffordshire

2004                    ‘Boundaries of the Body’ Solo Show 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

2003-2004           Drawn From Life Exbury Gardens

2003                     Metamorphosis The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk

2002-2003           Designing Ourselves’ National Museum of Scotland       

2002                     ‘Angels’ 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

2002-2004           ‘Made in the Middle’ National Touring exhibition

2001- 2002           Ikons of Identity National Touring exhibition

2000                     NYAD2000’ DFN Gallery, New York

2001- 2002 ‘         Handbag’ Leicester, Dundee, Falkirk, Walsall, Ruthkin Craft Centre, Mansfield, Stroud, Nuneaton, Cheltenham

2000                     ‘Inside out -Body sculpture inspired by the human form’ Solo Show Aurum, London

1998                       Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands

1994                       What is Jewellery’ Crafts Council, London

Residencies, Commissions and Collections:

2018                      Making Peace Artist in Residence , National Memorial Arboretum

2017                      Muse: Makers in Museums, Artist/ Workshop facilitator Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum, The Museum of Somerset,   

                              Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Somerset Art Works

2017                      Crafting the Future of Thurrock, Crafts Council

2017            ‘         Gather-ing’ Craftspace, Somerset Art works and National Trust

and 2015              Somerset Rural Life Museum and Stoke Sub Hamdon Tithe Barn

2016                      Art in Romney Marsh, Ivychurch, St George and St Mary in the Marsh

2016                      Extreme Weather The Old Slaughter House Arts Centre, Stratford upon Avon

2014                      Artist in Residence and permanent sculptures Leicester University Harold Martin

and 2015               Botanic Garden

2014                      Tally Ho‘ A Meeting Place’ Artist ArtsDepot London

2014                      D Day 70 Artist in Residence Poole Museum and Musée de la Libération, Cherbourg

2013 and              ‘Held in the Hand’ and ‘Touch Tables’ Commission

2010                      Leicestershire Artworks Collection, Leicestershire Open Museum

2007-2008           Whitby Hospital Artist in Residence, Commission Whitby Hospital and Whitby Community College,

2008                     ‘Making Art Real’ Commission, Scotstown School Aberdeen                                  

2007                     ‘Exhibiting Difference Manilla’ Huntarian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons

2007                     ‘Westwood Key stone’ Artist in Residence  Westwood High School, Leek, Staffordshire

2004                      Arcadia Foyer commission Cunard Cruise Liner



2022.                     Foundation Visiting Lecturer Oxford Brookes University

2018-Present         Foundation Tutor City and Guilds of London Art School

2015-2016             Jewellery and Metalwork Tutor Richmond Adult Community College

2000–2014           Design Crafts BA(Hons)Lecturer / Foundation Lecturer De Montfort University, Leicester

2002-2015            Design Crafts BA, FDA and Foundation Lecturer Oxford and Cherwell Valley College

2008-2012            BA(Hons) Crafts External Examiner  University of Derby

2001-2004            Jewellery and Silversmithing BA Lecturer Loughborough School of Art and Design,

1999-2000            Foundation Lecturer Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry University

1998-1999             Foundation / BTEC Lecturer Kent Institute of Art and Design

1998-1999             G/NVQ/Foundation 3D Lecturer/H.N.C.Design Crafts Lecturer The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

Community Engagement Teaching

2020-21                 Field to Fork Arts Council Funded Workshop Artist Greigs City Academy, Richard Cloudesley, Bridge Trust and

                               The Light Project.

2018                       Muse: Makers in Museums Workshop Artist        

2017                        Museum of Somerset, Blackbrook Primary School and Richard Huish College

2017 and 2016       Metal casting and print Workshop Artist Highgate Primary School, London

2017                        Gather-ing Workshop Artist Strode College Foundation and Mendip P.R.U Centre

2017                        Prospectus Transition Arts Project’ Workshop Leader Northfields Education Centre and Taunton Centre

2013- 2014             Art Beat Project Artist Bethnal Green Academy sponsored by Allen and Overy

2012                       Big Draw Workshop Facilitor Verulamium Museum, St Albans

2009-2011             Artist Wrockwardine Wood Arts College, Telford - Working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and 

                               Creative Partnerships

2009                      Artist - Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2 Project Worlds End School, Birmingham

2008                      Sculpture Project Artist Bridge Academy, London             

2007                      Exhibiting Difference Project Artist Huntarian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

2007                      Recycling – Woodland project and commission Cannon Park Primary School, Coventry

2006-2007            What if ? Project Artist Coventry Creative Partnerships Finham Primary and Cannon Park Primary Schools



2018-2021.             Metalworker Cox London

2014-2017              Metalworker Phillips and Wood Lighting

2016                       Freelance metalworker for Yamaha speaker project Tord Boontje


2022                      Tin and Wire Bursary at Cockpit 2022. Supported by the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers”

2020                      Arts Council Project Grant

2019                       First Prize and Best in Show Pewter Live

                               The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

2000                      Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary

1998                       Nicole Strober Award

Pollinators (2021)
Pollinators (2021)
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Breaking Borders 2021
Breaking Borders 2021

We are Commoners. exhibition by Craftspace

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Breaking Borders 2021
Breaking Borders 2021

We are Commoners. exhibition by Craftspace

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