Toni Mayner lives and works in Birmingham as a part-time lecturer at the School of Jewellery and an independent Jewellery Artist exhibiting in the UK and abroad. Initially training as a jeweller, during her Master's studies she developed large-scale work which led to her spending a year in the Netherlands working with Dutch silversmiths.
Her work has been supported the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England and Birmingham Assay Office.
Oxford Collection 2012
2008—2009 ‘Silver in Motion’ Silversmithing Masterclass Program, Schoonhoven, The Netherlands
Post Graduate Certificate Education
Master of Arts, Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products (Commendation)
1st Class BA (Hons), Jewellery and Silversmithing
National Diploma Design Crafts: Precious Metals and Gemstones (Triple Distinction)
1st Class BA (Hons) Professional Studies Youth and Community Work
Dip. H.E. Youth and Community Work
- 2008: Arts Council England ‘Grants for the arts’ £8,335
- 2007: Goldsmith’s Silver Bullion Grant £250
- 2006: Arts and Humanities Research Council Preparation Masters Award £11,768
- 2006: Birmingham Assay Office Masters Bursary £5,000
- 2006: Goldsmiths Precious Metals Award
- 2004: The Marcia Lanyon Prize
- 2004: The HAN Award
- 2004: The Cooksons Precious Metals Award
Current research projects
Currently researching and developing work that examines the themes of loss and remembrance. This includes examining others creative responses to loss and the development of an experiential body of work.
Other recent projects
2009 to 2011 JAMES (Jewellery and Metalwork Enquiry Show) a three-year collaborative annual exhibition project between six internationally located jewellery artists.
The JAMES Exchange 2009 examined the ways in which culturally specific artefacts and visual information can be interpreted by a recipient. What do we think we understand about the culture we are interpreting and how does that impact on our own work? This was achieved by each member of JAMES sending one ‘Culture Box’ to one other member of the group the contents of which were then interpreted by the recipient via the production of new artefacts. At the time two members were living abroad of their own cultures which added another dimension to the project as they represented a culture through their own cultural lense.
Dear JAMES 2010 examined the ways in which writing and posting a letter using the traditional format of pen and paper impacts on what we write and communicate about ourselves. The content cannot be withdrawn or deleted representing our state of mind in the moment of writing. In reading and interpreting the content the recipient imposes their understanding of the intensity and import of the feelings expressed and events described by the writer.
The JAMES Days 2011 utilised photography as a recording process. Each artist took one photograph per day at the same time of day (the time was chosen by the artist) during the month of June 2010. 150 photographs were received by each artist who then interpreted them. The photographs became part of the exhibition. The choice of time had a radical impact on the kind of information each artist recorded. For some it became a diary of life events whilst for others a daily activity was recorded, for example the indents left in a pillow each morning. For the first time participants responded to material from all members of JAMES, a dynamic introduced to ‘see what would happen’.
- Traditional hand-making skills and techniques
- Personal creative processes
- Remembrance and loss
Books and chapters
Mayner, T. (2011) JAMES Retrospective Catalogue, ISBN 978-0-615-45773-4.
Mayner, T. (2009) The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers, Darling Publications, Germany, ISBN 978-3-939130-95-6.
Mayner, T. (2009) Flux Catalogue.
Mayner, T. (2009) In Their Own Words Catalogue.
Mayner, T. (2009) Decadence Catalogue, ISBN 978-83-87304-94-2.
Mayner, T. (2008) Horror Vacui Catalogue.
Mayner, T. (2008)Beauty of the Lost Catalogue.
June 2012 ‘Donning Oxford’ 02 Gallery, Oxford, UK
May 2012 Guest exhibitor, Schoonhoven Silver day (3 day selling exhibition), Netherlands
Oct 2011 – Nov 2011 ‘All Golds’, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK
May 2011 – June 2011 ‘Halownia’, Old Town Hall, Legnica International Jewellery Festival SILVER, Legnica, Poland
Feb 2011 – April 2011 ‘The JAMES Days’, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein, Munich, Germany
Jan 2011 – Feb 2011 ‘Alchemists’, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK
Nov 2010 – Jan 2011 ‘Flux’ Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK
March 2010 ‘Dear JAMES’, Schmuck 2009, Munich, Germany
Nov 2009 – Feb 2010 ‘Flux’ Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
May 2009 – April 2010 ‘Decadence’, 18th International Silverart Competition, The Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland, Zielona Gora, F150 Gallery, Konstancin-Warsaw, Inhorgenta Europa Trade Fair, Munich, Germany, Amberif Fair, Gdansk, N Gallery, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic.
Nov 2009 The PAN, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 2009 – Nov 2009 ‘In their own words’, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
July 2009 ‘Exploration’ Group Exhibition, Watertoren te Schoonhoven, The Netherlands
March – April 2009 ‘Silver with a pinch of salt’ The Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
March 2009 ‘The JAMES Exchange’ Munich, Germany.
2008 – 2009 Horror Vacui’ Touring Exhibition by Forum Fur Schmuck und Design E.V. Germany. Guest Exhibitor. Koln, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Manchester,Idar-Oberstein, Krakau, Peine
March – May 2008 ‘Beauty of the Lost’ Contemporary Jewellery and Visual Art Exhibition, Star Space, Shanghai, China.
Feb 2008 ‘JAMES on Stage’ Group Exhibition, Schmuck 2008, Munich, Germany.
Jan – Feb 2008 ‘Get Knitted’ Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, UK.
Jan – Feb 2008 ‘Be Mine’ Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouch, UK.