Working in precious and non-precious metals, various clays, oxides, leather and silk, and incorporating antique and ancient beads from her late grandmother’s collection alongside her own handmade beads, Zoe’s newest jewellery collection draws upon ancient and ethnic adornment, combined with sculptural forms which she describes as occupying a space between contemporary and primitive aesthetics. This body of work includes very wear-able pieces alongside more experimental statement pieces. Each unique piece is fabricated by Zoe in her York home-studio.
Zoe Catherine Kendall is a London born, York based fine artist working across object, painting and jewellery design. Originally inspired by an artistic upbringing and family; Zoe’s father dedicated his career to teaching art, photography and ceramics, her grandmother made jewellery, her grandfather led the ceramics and metalwork department at Camberwell College of Arts and her great grandfather, Bernard Leach, played a significant role in 20th century art, shaping British studio pottery for successive generations.
“I have always been surrounded by creative influences and interpretations of the world.”
After graduating from a Jewellery Design BA at Central Saint Martins in 2007, Zoe launched her first jewellery collection which was represented by several independent galleries and larger shops in and around London including Kabiri, Selfridges and Johnny Rocket, receiving national and international exposure and press recognition (vogue.com, madame figaro, dazed and confused, the metro). Since then her practice has become increasingly diverse and multidisciplinary.
‘I find it limiting to be defined by one medium. I see each discipline interacting in a broad creative landscape, and that’s what is so exciting.’