Dianne’s jewellery for the last couple of years has been responding to the ideas and images in How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley. She is fascinated by how water behaves, especially the wave patterns behind ‘natural navigation’ used by the Polynesians for thousands of years to enable them to navigate great distances without instruments.
Flow lines around islands and ripple patterns are abstracted in both the forms and the surfaces of her pieces. Some silver surfaces are rubbed back to create a shimmer effect with the highly polished underlying pattern showing through, 18 or 22k gold details are added to a few works and recently she’s been experimenting with highlights in 24k gold.
Originally trained as a sculptor and art historian, Dianne King is an award-winning jewellery designer-maker based in Fife. She specialises in one-off pieces in silver and gold and loves unusual stones.
After lecturing at Edinburgh College of Art for 25 years, she became an Honorary Research Fellow there, researching the public sculpture of Edinburgh with two colleagues. (The two-volume Public Sculpture of Edinburgh was published in November last year.) In the meantime she re-trained as a jeweller studying part-time at Lauder College in Fife (now Carnegie College) and at the Sir John Cass School of London Metropolitan University.
Since her first professional exhibition at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, Dianne has exhibited regularly in galleries in the UK and in Sweden.