Constructing jewellery from small building block elements, Jo Hayes Ward creates intricate sculptural pieces with an architectural aesthetic. Her award winning designs include simple forms that on close inspection dissolve into a filigree of shimmering cubes, striking interlocking gold and diamond rings, bold three-dimensional brooches and a bespoke collection embracing the setting of unusually cut stones. More recent pieces examine complex textured and patterned surfaces, which reflect light in different directions giving a tonal quality to the work.
Crafting her designs in a digital environment Jo employs rapid prototyping technology alongside traditional jewellery techniques in the production of her work. An important aspect of her designs and research is to harness machine marks and exploit them as an aesthetic. This, alongside a tacit knowledge of materials and long-established jewellery skills has enabled Jo to develop her unique signature as a maker of classic, modern pieces, which come alive when worn.