Tony Thomson developed a passion for precious stones after seeing them being polished in a backstreet gem shop; they have lost none of their fascination to inspire. His early work caught the eye of the sculptor, Elizabeth Frink, who generously sponsored his first collection which was shown alongside Frink's sculptures at the Thames Gallery, Eton. It was a sell-out exhibition. When creating a piece, Tony begins by selecting the stones, maybe a semi-precious jewel, pieces of slate, a fossil or an opal, pearls, a diamond or some pieces of beach glass; these are his starting point and they help shape how the design develops. While making jewellery, Tony uses many silver and gold working techniques including cuttlefish casting, fabrication, stone cutting, setting and casting. Tony's traditional workshop will be open during Artweek, and when not exhibiting he enjoys working with clients on commissions as well as teaching students.
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