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Stephen Bottomley

Head of School

Stephen Bottomley is Professor of Jewellery Cultures and Innovation and Head of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. 

A contemporary jeweller, his work often combines enamel and the fire arts with mixed media and precious and non-precious metals. Interests in the handmade and changing systems for batch production are evident in much of his research and making.

Trained at the Royal College of Art (2001 MPhil ), the University of Brighton (1998 MA) and West Surrey College of Art and Design (1986-89 BA Hons) he was Chair of the UK Association for Contemporary Jewellery (2005-07).

Previously  Head of Department of Jewellery & Silvermithing, the University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art, UoE /ECA (2008-17) and Senior lecturer and course leader of Jewellery and Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University (2004-08).

He is currently Co-chair of the ‘Craft Cultures’ research cluster and also a member of RAFT at University of Edinburgh/ECA (and previous Chair 2016-17).

A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s (2018) his jewellery is in collections at the National Museums Scotland, British Museum, South East Arts Collection and Royal College of Art, and is internationally exhibited. He has also curated several international touring exhibitions, most recently collaboratively as part of the Munich International jewellery Week (‘Like a Rolling Stone’ 2017, and 'FERROcity' 2018).

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