International Women's Day 2021

Updated: Jun 7

Anne Morgan Gallery

Women of Influence

International Women's Day - 8th March - is a day to celebrate women across the world for being wonderful, extraordinary powerhouses. There are so many women that inspire us in our lives and we are grateful to them to allow us to be part of theirs.Even as these words are typed there are a plethora of names popping out that need recognition.

Early in Anne's career/education there were many women jewellers that influenced her to reach for the stars, as well as the many who helped her get here. She's chosen just two to talk about although there are many more.

Wendy Ramshaw and Pamela Rawnsley - both jewellers of extraordinary talent. Sadly no longer with us but still revered by many.

"One of the first jewellery books I picked up included Wendy Ramshaw. She had paved the way for modernist jewellery design. Her signature ringsets are represented in over 70 public collections worldwide. Ramshaw's work also encompassed designs for textiles, screens, gateways and sculpture. The Scottish Gallery has exhibited some of her most ambitious ideas through exhibitions such as Picasso's Ladies (1989), Rooms of Dreams (2002), Prospero's Table (2004) and a Journey Through Glass (2007) - Room of Dreams was designed and created specifically as a theatrical stage set for the jewellery. She really was most inspirational to a wannabe contemporary jeweller."

Wendy Ramshaw

"Later when I become a little more established I was lucky enough to meet Pamela Rawnsley. Pamela touched so many people in her life and career and I haven't met anyone that wasn't amazed and wowed - not only by her work but by the commitment to her discipline. She was kind and generous with her time, and together with her husband Matthew Tomlinson (also an accomplished metalworker), made us newbies so welcome in this world of creating. She touched my life in many ways.

Pamela died in May 2014 as the result of a sudden, ferocious and untreatable brain tumour.

Born in Devon, Pamela lived for many years in Wales where her studio looked out directly at the landscape which was so influential in her work. The same visual and technical threads ran through both her silversmithing and jewellery, combining subtly curved forms with textured surfaces in a variety of finishes.

Her first workshop was established in the 1980s; and from then on she produced jewellery and small objects in many materials including resins and silk-screened PVC, but metals always claimed priority, especially silver.

A few years ago she began working at a larger scale, and silversmithing became an important part of her practice.

A continuous preoccupation was landscape in all its moods, big spaces with tiny details; most recently, the ambiguity and shape-shifting nature of the light on the hills. This was not landscape as pastoral idyll, but a place, bearing evidence of continuous layers of survival.

Pamela's recent work continued to explore these themes, beginning with drawings and prints, before translating her ideas into metals. Her expressive vessel forms in silver, designed to stand alone or in groups, were complemented by small collections of jewellery that expressed the drawn line.

Both strands of her award-winning work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are represented in both public and private collections." AM