‘ Voyagers’ Alumni Exhibition 2020

An exhibition of ten alumni of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. Curated by Professor Stephen Bottomley and Visiting Professor Elizabeth Turrell.

Zita Ying-Hsun Hsu - In Flux_B22, Brooch

Zita Ying-Hsun Hsu - In Flux_B22, Brooch, 2016. Magnetism, soft resin, white gold.

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” (Proust)

‘Voyager’ displayed the work of School of Jewellery Alumni who applied for an open selection by the jury:

  • Stephen Bottomley, Former Head of School
  • Elizabeth Turrell Visiting Professor
  • Naomi Clarke (SoJ Artist in Residence and MA graduate 2018)
  • Dr Melanie Kaliwoda, Museum Curator
  • Francesca Antonello
  • Naomi Clarke
  • Zhilu Cheng
  • Christine Graf
  • Nanna Grønborg
  • Zita Hu
  • Yajie Hu
  • Qian Wang
  • Josefine Rønsholt Smith
  • Sheng Zhang

An exhibition of alumni work from the School of Jewellery in the heart of Munich, the home of International Jewellery Week 2020.


This was the third exhibition co-curated at the Munich Museum Reich der Kristalle by Professor Stephen Bottomley and the second directly linking it with the School of Jewellery.

The Museum is situated directly opposite the Pinakothek der Moderne and home to the states Gemmology and Mineral collection, which forms a dramatic backdrop to its exhibitions.

'Voyagers' Alumni Exhibition image captions

1. Francesca Antonello - Beyond II, Brooch 2019. Wood, aluminium, resin, silver and steel.

2. Zhilu Cheng - Looking Inwards by Looking Outwards, Facewear, 2016. Steel.

3. Naomi Clarke - Brooch, 2019. Durham Memories. Vitreous enamel, steel, silver, powder coating.

4. Christine Graf – #2.1, Brooch, 2018. Copper mesh, enamel, patinated silver, steel pin.

5. Nanna Grønborg - (P)ears, Earings, 2019. 

6. Zita Ying-Hsun Hsu - In Flux_B22, Brooch, 2016. Magnetism, soft resin, white gold.

7. Yajie Hu - Siblings, Brooch, 2019. Siblings. Acrylic paint, Silver, PVC, Stainless steel.

8. Josefine Rønsholt Smith - Echo 1, Brooch, 2018. Echo Series. Copper and silver.

9. Qian Wang - “I do not cook pasta, I am making jewellery”, Brooch, 2018. Italian pasta with natural added pigments, silver, wire.

10. Sheng Zhang - Inside Out, Vessel, 2016. Gilding metal.