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  • Bracelet, David Poston, recycled painted steel from oat tins, welded and wood, 2003 Image: Joel Degen

Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories

Retrospective of avant-garde jeweller David Poston is at Ruthin Craft Centre

Poston was a major proponent of the New Jewellery movement in the 70s but left the disciplines the following decade to work in international development. Poston spent the next twenty years travelling through Africa working on various projects from blacksmithing to food processing. He returned to making in the 2000s with a new sense of curiosity and freedom and began constructing complex, laser-welded pieces. While the results might differ, Poston’s various careers have focused on problem-solving. ‘If there’s something that’s precious to me, it’s competences’ he says ‘I’ve always got a sharp knife. There’s a boy scout in me in that way… I am good at solving problems, in systems as well as physical things. I don’t draw a difference.’

Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories draws the threads of Poston’s many lives together with jewellery, engineering and photography all on show offering the view of a very singular maker. The exhibition’s curator Louise Taylor explains, ‘David is a maverick in the best sense of the word. He is not afraid of causing ripples in the pond and frequently has done. He’s both inside and outside crafts because of the breadth of things he’s done in his career.’

The project is funded by Arts Council England, commissioned by The Harley Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre and is curated by the former Director of the Crafts Council, Dr. Louise Taylor.

For more information, see the profile on David Poston in the November/December issue no.251 of Crafts magazine. Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories is at Ruthin Craft Centre until 25 January.


Bangle bracelet, David Poston, woven tapestry on welded stainless steel wires, 2010 (photo: Joel Degen)