My name is Donna Williamson, I am a Silversmith and Metalworker based in Oxfordshire.

I have completed a BA(Hons) Silversmithing and Metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts, a member of the London University of the Arts, formally known as The London Institute.

I have always had an interest in Metalwork and during my time at Oxford and Cherwell College, formerly North Oxfordshire College of Art and Design, I came to the conclusion that precious metals and jewellery making where not diverse enough for my imagination.

I am now making pieces that change the ideological perception of precious metals, from materials that are delicate and graceful, in to objects that convey strength and guardianship.

Education

2003-2006 BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Metalwork,
Camberwell College of Arts.

2001-2003 Art & Design BTEC National Diploma,
North Oxfordshire College.

Commissions

2003 Pewter Cast Jewellery and sculptures based on war images. The work was noticed at my BTEC exhibition, and I made several sales on top of a later commission.

2003-05 Voodoo puppets, made from fabrics, thread and beading. These items were made, sold and worked to commission as a result of my BTEC exhibition, as well as at Spitlefields market in 2006..

My skills

I enjoy the challenge of welding on various scales, and have used this in numerous projects. I also use traditional soldering and spot welding techniques.
I like to work with precious metals on a varied scale, as well as combining precious and base metals.

I work mainly with wire, both sculpturally and for furniture adornment, and have begun experimenting with patination techniques to alter the surface and texture of metals.