Jo Pond

The Reed Parure

Born in Chiswick, London, Pond is now based in rural Staffordshire. Alongside her practice as a studio jeweller, she is employed as a full-time lecturer at The School of Jewellery. She is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts and the Association for Contemporary Jewellery.
“I come from a family of ‘Ponds’ who appear to have a genetic necessity for hoarding; digging up metal detector finds was the foundation of a passion for objects which others might not quite appreciate. This fashioned the beginnings of a lifetime of habitual collecting.
Utilising this drive to accumulate the unconventional and unwanted, coupled with an aesthetic appreciation of the details of decomposition and change, I choose to incorporate items potentially paradoxical within jewellery, to create beautiful and on occasion, confusing objects.
Employing symbolic references of form, material and technique, I dabble in the potential for wearable items to become vehicles for communication; whether through sense, nostalgia, or knowledge.”