The Canadian Art Database

Vivienne Jones


1973-76   School of Jewelry & Silversmithing, Birmingham, England.
1972-73   Swansea Art College, Wales, Great Britain.


2003        Elected into Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
2001-04  Advisor to Craft Studio (metal) at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.
2004        Ontario College of Art & Design guest artist speaker. [1999, 2001, 2003]
2002        Ontario Arts Council crafts grants juror.
1999-03  Associate editor of MAGazine, a publication of the Metal Arts Guild.
1997-99   President, Metal Arts Guild of Ontario.
1994-00   Board Member, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
1993        Jewellery Judge, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.


2004       Three Night Stand contemporary urban craft/art/design exhibition in the Gladstone Hotel Rooms, Toronto, ON.
2004       Manifesta: Vision and Mastery in Contemporary Craft, co-curated with Arlene Gehring,
              Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON; Cambridge Public Gallery, Cambridge, ON.


2005       Material Metamorphosis: The Process of Change Group Show, The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON.
2004      Three Night Stand group exhibition, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON.
2004       Inside-Out solo show, Galerie Guyomarc'h, Montreal, QC.
2004       Group Show, Taboo Studio, San Diego, USA
2004       What's New?, invitational group show, *new* Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, ON.
2004       Around the Neck, recent neck pieces by 6 artists, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2004        Sculpture to Wear, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. Prime gallery,
2004        Solo Show of New Work, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
2002        Materials and Color' group show, Galerie Guyomarc'h, Montreal.
2003        OXOXO Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
2001        Pearls, Pearls, Pearls, an invitational show of pearl jewellery Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2001        Elemental (three person exhibition with Lois Schlar and Andrea Piller)
               Lafrenière and Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON.
2000        Arts 2000 a national celebration of visual arts, juried exhibition produced by the
               Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
2000        Behind Glass, ’Metal Arts Guild juried exhibition [honourable mention]
2000        Memory, solo show, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1999        Solo Show Gallery Lynda Greenburg, Ottawa, ON.
1999        Ring Show Gallery Lynda Greenburg, Ottawa, ON.
1999        Group Show Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
1999        Thinking Aloud, installation, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1998        Identity/Identité, Metal Arts Guild biennial juried exhibition in collaboration with
               Conseil des Métiers d’Art du Québec. Opened at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.
               (toured until January 2000)
1998        Metal with Mettle, an exhibition of Canadian jewellery and metalwork 1930-1990
               Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.
1998        SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) Exposition, New York, U.S.A.
               represented by Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1998        Small Worlds, solo show, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1997        SOFA Exposition, Chicago, with Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1997        SOFA Exposition, Miami, Florida. with Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1997        Ring Show, group show Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
1997        Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Show, Galerie Aurus, Paris, France.
               (in collaboration with Gallery Suk-Kwan)
1996        Group Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1996        Jewellery With Gems, Group Show Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
1996        Ring Show, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
1996        Of Gardens, Group Show, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1996        Metal Arts Guild of Ontario juried traveling exhibition of members work from across Canada.
1996        Heart Attack, installation, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1996        Ring Show, Galerie Aurus, Paris, France.
1995        Solo Show Gallery Lynda Greenburg, Ottawa, ON.
1995        Canadian Contemporary Jewellery Show, Galerie Aurus, Paris, France.
               (in collaboration with Gallery Suk-Kwan)
1995        Ontario Crafts Council Biennial Show, Award -Best Jewellery in Show,
1995        Solo Show Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
1994        Group Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1994        Solo Show, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1993        Group Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1993        Solo Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1993        Solo Show, Gallery Lynda Greenburg, Ottawa, ON.
1992        Group Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1992        Solo Show, Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1990        Ring Show, Gallery Suk-Kwan, Montreal, QC.
1988        Gold, Group Show, Letki Designs, Toronto, ON.


2002        The Globe and Mail, [Canada] "Rooms That Work">
2002        Metalsmith, spring issue, feature article ,"Earth Meets Mind">
1998        Elm Street Magazine "paraphenalia">
1998        Canadian Living Magazine "National Treasures">
1997        Market-to-Market Canadian Craft Conference, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.
1996        Review Group Show - Metalsmith Magazine
1992        Designer Profile - Jewellery World
1989        Portfolio - Canadian Jeweller
1986        City Window - Azure Magazine


2000-present creating work for galleries, exibitions and commissions.
1996-00        open studio with fellow jeweller Van McKenzie.
1989-96        by appointment studio, developed 'one of a kind' gallery work.
1980-89        opened and ran a retail jewellery shop/studio in Toronto, ON. developed a line of work
                    for the wholesome market.
1976-80        employed as a jeweller [Toronto]


Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Lafrenière and Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON.
Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h, Montreal, QC.

"The jewellery of Welsh-born Vivienne Jones is organic in conception, featuring layers of irregular, cast, and fabricated three dimensional forms, subtle matte surfaces, and implied or real movement. Endlessly intriguing, these small and complex works reward prolonged inspection. Insider a silver cauldron-shaped pendant grows a nest of tiny gold and silver elements, the ingredients of a secret, magic brew. A silver stick pin suggests a royal scepter, yet sprouts limb-like growths and tiny bits of gold reminiscent of nascent buds on a branch. None of these associations are explicit; the space left for the weaver’s own interpretations allows these pieces to become truly personal objects." Barbara Isherwood, Metalsmith Magazine, Fall 1996.