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About Nicky Lawrence


Whilst working overseas I was captivated by the jewellery I found woven deep into the social fabric and history of each country I lived in. While my passion grew, it was only in my spare time that I had the opportunity to craft my own pieces, so in 2016 I enrolled at Farnham’s University for the Creative Arts (UCA), taking an MA in Jewellery. I haven't looked back - I have finally found my true vocation. Recently I have focused on incorporating blown and fused glass with metals in all my work.


At UCA, where I am currently Artist in Residence, I am further developing a range of wearable sculptures (my ‘Coralscape' collection), and a new collection of back lit, blown glass wall sculptures ('Vertical Reef'). Both collections raise the alarm on the destruction of the coral reefs from global heating and other environmental threats.


Like my favourite inhabitant of the reefs, the decorator crab which decorates its shell with materials that catch its eye, my pieces are adorned with those elements that have inspired me along my journey: tribal prints and marks, patterns, primitive designs and the bold use of vibrant colours.



2018- present   Artist in Residence

                          University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

2016 – 2018      MA in Jewellery (glass and metal) Merit

                          University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK


1995 – 1998      MSc in Environmental and Development Education (Distinction)

                          South Bank University, UK

1982 – 1986      BA Honours Degree in Modern Languages  2.1

                          Cambridge College Arts and Technology, UK



2020                 Materiality, Oxo Tower Gallery, London

2020                 Life Forms, Pyramid Gallery, York

2019 - 20         Connections/Connessioni: Goldsmiths' Centre;  The Lighthouse,

                        Glasgow; Livorno and Padova, Italy

2019                 Tranistion-Chichester,  Ox Market Gallery, Chichester


2019                 Artists in Residence Exhibition,  Foyer Gallery, UCA Farnham


2019                 Calder Plus Collection in 'Refined Elements' exhibition at London

                         Glassblowing for London Craft Week


2019                 Transition-Henley, Old Fire Station, Henley


2018                 Transition MA show,  Espacio Gallery, London


2018                  MA Show,  James Hockey Gallery, Farnham


2017                 ‘Synergy II’,  London Glassblowing, in collaboration with Layne Rowe 




June 2018          London Glassblowing - 1 week work experience


July/Aug 2017   Koru Arts (Glass studio) - 3 week internship


Collaborative work:


Oct 2017           with Layne Rowe, glass blower at London Glassblowing for exhibition, Synergy II.

                          I collaborated with Layne Rowe to design and make jewellery, incorporating  pieces of glass from Layne’s woven series,                                  where he overlays fine canes.


Nov 2019           Nudibranch Jewellery  featured in  Mirka Janeckova's book, 'Designing and Making Glass Jewellery'.

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Necklace from 'Calder Plus' collection