Completedworks launches new jewelry and ceramics
Completedworks jewelry and ceramics take on quirky shapes
Completedworks’ new collection of jewelry and ceramics, ‘Lunch Break’, is inspired by the physicality of public space
Completedworks Artistic Director Anna Jewsbury expresses a sculptural sensibility through jewelry and ceramics that adhere to playful design codes. The new collection, ‘Lunch Break’, encapsulates the complexity of everyday life in sensual forms that examine the relationship we have with public spaces.
The jewelry designer is fascinated by how we physically react to it and what we do when we’re in it, whether it’s perching on a bench chatting with a friend or eating a sandwich, and she translates those emotions and these ephemeral actions into unexpected forms of her jewelry.
New Completedworks jewelry and ceramics
The pieces take the familiar – a baroque pearl, a dangling earring – and subvert it, inviting a new interpretation. “There are certain styles that we always come back to with every collection, which I really appreciate, that sense of repetition but in an iterative way,” Jewsbury says. “I think it’s really important that each collection can be seen as a continuation and development of the previous one. We are reworking the bio-resin this season, which allows us to bring the most beautiful colors alongside the pearly and golden shades. We recreate the shape of natural baroque pearls using bio-resin, then contrast them with clusters of classic freshwater pearls.
The resulting collection, with its colorful accents, sets a hopeful tone. “Playful silhouettes flow elegantly and effortlessly in a series of pieces that feature hidden pleats, crinkles and ruffles and explore the essence of texture and form,” adds Jewsbury. “The crumpled aluminum foil textures are inspired by a lecturer who ate a cheese and tomato sandwich every day in a university staff room between 1990 and 2005.”
It’s a fluid aesthetic carried all the way to ceramics, freeing itself from the obvious constraints of jewelry design: “There’s always such a consideration for lightness when you’re designing, for example, earrings, and it was pretty free to be able to go the other way around for once, making sure, for example, that a candlestick has enough weight. When creating ceramics, you have the opportunity to model with your hands – by pressing, kneading, rolling and pulling.
“You can’t necessarily always get that same physical satisfaction from making jewelry, where the hand movements are often slightly different. It is really this interest in the different movements of the hand during the process of making the work that sparked our interest in working with ceramics. I guess it’s a bit like a pianist wanting to pick up a violin. §