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John Pinch

9 Jan - 16 Feb 10am - 4pm

Free entry
John Pinch
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John Pinch has lived in the area for 50 years and has been associated with Prema since its foundation. During that time he taught silver jewellery making and life drawing/sculpting workshops here at the centre.

Uncommonly, John enjoys an eclectic mix of skills. He possesses an innate appetite for exploring materials and exploiting their potential, often resulting in unusual combinations.

As well as a registered gold and silversmith (he made the Wotton, Thornbury and Dursley mayoral chains) John Pinch also works extensively in wood and ceramics. In addition, his recent architectural designs include the new restaurant, farm shop and garden centre complex on Stinchcombe Hill on the Dursley Road. 

John has taught for much of his life, having been Head of Art, Design and Technology faculty at KLB school in Wotton under Edge and spent twelve years lecturing at UWE, Bristol in Design Education.

‘Patterns have always fascinated me. I love experimenting with formal and geometric designs but also irregular and random. Extending patterns to a three dimensional form provides depth, shadow and give the pieces a tactile property.’

The hand-crafted jewellery pieces are all original and unique – they are all limited editions of one. The trompe l’oeil cupboards, (including the collection of this chapel building which were donated to Prema twenty years ago and now hang in the hall) are a collaboration between John and his wife, Joyce”.

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