Bracelet, 2003
"Gil's Oats", recycled painted steel welded over wood. M605

Return to Jewellery

Since starting to make again I am not so serious, deliberately having fun, teasing and trying to avoid typecasting. The narrative pieces among my limited output offer the opportunity to be pleasingly ambiguous. I am also allowing myself to recognise the fact that, while ‘content’ remains an essential ingredient, I really enjoy the technical invention and the expressive opportunities and liberation it can offer.

An introduction to Dovecot Studios, an old-established and recently reinvigorated tapestry studio in Edinburgh, re-inspired [Poston’s] longstanding interest in textile work. In 2008, Dovecot had moved into a superbly renovated Victorian swimming baths in the centre of Edinburgh. The working tapestry studio is complemented by stunning gallery spaces which have become a major visual arts venue. In 2010 he was selected by the Jerwood Prize- winning jeweller Adam Paxon, in his first excursion into curation, as one of a sequence of four memorable solo shows titled Matter. Almost immediately, Poston’s work reappeared at Dovecot in another exhibition, Sitting and Looking, where he was featured among a strong group of designers, fine artists and craftspeople selected by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley. Such selections represent explicit tributes from acknowledged masters in their own fields; can Poston doubt his welcome return to the making community?

Elizabeth Goring

An excerpt from the exhibition catalogue

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Bangle bracelet, 2010
Torn printed silk cloth woven on welded stainless steel wire.
M806

Key Moments

1994

Asked to curate ‘What is Jewellery’ for the Crafts Council

2000

Appointed Programme Leader of Silver and Jewellery Design at Loughborough University, introduced to laser welding

‘This led to a fine series of ambitious jewellery pieces combining superb craftsmanship with the sensitivity and cultural awareness gained from his development projects in Africa.’

Elizabeth Goring

Extract from the exhibition catalogue

2003

Poston begins to exhibit jewellery again, including The Crafts Council’s touring show 30/30 Vision.

2010

Begins working in collaboration with weaver Jonathan Cleaver, Dovecot Studios.

David Poston - 'The Inner Engineer'

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