Polly works only in 22ct gold and semi-precious stones, which, she says, form a direct link with the ancient goldsmiths who used exactly the same materials. Her strongest influences are the jewels of the Ancient Near East, from deep antiquity the end of the Roman Empire. This influence extends from the wreath she made as a commission of the World Gold Council – Hellenistic period - to the little twisted wire earrings in the Small Treasures collection – Mycenaen Greece - and everything in between.
Polly works alone, she designs all her own pieces, and because she makes everything herself, each piece is unique. While she can revisit and repeat an idea, she will never be able to completely copy anything, which makes every item she makes a one-of-a-kind treasure.
News and Exhibitions
Polly Gasston at Justin Richardson
For more details see Polly's Jewellery now available at Justin Richardson Designer Jewellery
Canterbury Jewellers Festival
Jewellers have been working in Canterbury for nearly two thousand years and the Cathedral is also home to the Patron Saint of Gold and Silver smiths, St Dunstan who was buried there at the end of the 10th Century.
To mark this longstanding craft in the city Canterbury City Partnership is celebrating four local contemporary designer/makers, including Polly Gasston, with a 10 day Festival showcasing their skills.
Each jeweller will highlight a particular piece or an aspect of their craftsmanship and there will be demonstrations of what they do and how they do it, with many skills and techniques unchanged for millennia. And to top it all off there will be a display all about Saint Dunstan, the Patron Saint of Gold and Silver Smiths.
Goldsmiths' Company Pavilion 2013
Goldsmiths' Company Pavilion 2013: Somerset House, London, Wednesday June 26th - Saturday June 29th