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Tutor exhibition: Sarah King’s sculptural jewellery

  • Written byCarys Thomas
  • Published date 14 June 2023
Image: Jewellery by Sarah King

An exhibition showcasing short course tutor Sarah King’s striking sculptural jewellery has just opened in London.

The exhibition, titled ‘Contrasts’, explores the relationship between jewellery and the body through a sculptural approach. Wood and bio-resin are combined with silver to produce unique sculptural pieces that experiment with scale and form.

We caught up with Sarah to find out more about the exhibition and discuss what students can expect from the short courses she teaches on, including the Wooden Jewellery With Silver And Pearl Inlay Short Course and Experimental Jewellery Short Course.

Sarah King's 'Contrasts' Exhibition | Photograph: Née Marie Kiangala


Sarah’s exhibition features a range of jewellery pieces made in series. “I love working in series,” she tells us. “A lot of the pieces are variations on a theme. There are 6 new neck pieces in this exhibition.”

Sarah’s pieces are made by hand using carving and casting methods that allow for a spontaneous way of working. Her most recent necklaces have been developed with collage sketches and 3D models.

“I start sketching very quickly and cut out cardboard pieces to try on a mannequin so I can see how they sit on the body,” Sarah explains. “I then carve them in a modelling foam so I can refine the shapes and see what works before choosing materials.”


Sustainable design is very important to Sarah, who chooses materials by researching their ecological implications. “I love playing around with the different properties of materials,” she says. “For me, it’s really important that they’re sustainable.”

“The resin that I use is bio-resin which is made from sunflower seed oil,” she says. Using bio-resin means that Sarah can achieve better optical clarity when making white and transparent pieces because the colour doesn’t turn yellow like other types of epoxy resins.

Sarah previously worked with tropical hardwood but now uses bog oak from Suffolk. Bog oak is formed when trees are submerged in bogs for thousands of years. “Bog oak is a very interesting wood because the tannins in the wood react with iron in the soil and make it a very black colour,” she says.

Image: left: 'Creating Jewellery In Wood' by Sarah King. right: jewellery by Sarah King

Short courses

Sarah currently teaches on a number of jewellery short courses at Central Saint Martins including:

“I’ve been teaching at Central Saint Martins for 15 years,” says Sarah. “The classes I run are creative and suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students. They’re designed in a way that everybody can enjoy.”

On the Wooden Jewellery With Silver and Pearl Inlay Short Course, for example, students learn how to make contemporary sculptural jewellery pieces using wood with silver inlay and pearls.

“Silver inlay is very effective and surprisingly easy to work with,” says Sarah. “We usually start with a pendant – everybody can achieve something quite stunning in a short period of time.”


Contrasts runs until the 2nd of August 2023 at Rodić Davidson. London WC1A 2AE.

Feeling inspired? Read more about Sarah’s work in our meet the tutor Q&A.

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