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Jonathan Boyd


  • Jonathan Boyd
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities


    Acting Head of Programme

    • Jewellery & Metal
  • Jonathan is Acting Head of Programme in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art, and an artist and jeweller. From 2009–17 he lectured at the Glasgow School of Art. His practice has been exhibited internationally and deals with language and ways of communicating. Jonathan’s research interests include digital design and fabrication, complex casting processes, language, jewellery as an interdisciplinary form and material and digital culture. Jonathan works from a studio in Glasgow, the city's heritage and culture having an important impact on his practice.

  • Biography

  • Jonathan Boyd was born in Aberdeen and studied at the Royal College of Art (2007–9) and Glasgow School of Art (2002–6). Jonathan works from a studio in Glasgow’s Barrowlands.

  • Practice

  • Jonathan Boyd is an artist and jeweller working in a variety of materials, specialising in conceptual work and complex lost wax casting techniques. The works he creates and exhibits explore relationships between the sculptural, art, design and the wearable. His research and practice open up interdisciplinary aspects within the field of jewellery, using film, digital media, sound and design to investigate ideas about the person and the body. A short attention span and a desire to find new ways of working and material process lead him to constantly evaluate 'craft' and the process of creating which in turn leads him into frequent collaborations.

    His research and practice explores languages and their connection to the environment, the person and object as a set of complex narratives. He is interested in how language can shape thoughts about an object and its context with his practice often being inspired by a texts narrative, structure, context and meaning.

    His aim is to create jewellery as art form, creating works through an extensive period of research and a rigorous artistic methodology. Jonathan believes that as an art form, jewellery connects with us on a visceral, emotional level. We embed memories in the objects we choose to adorn ourselves with; because of this, he has always believed that jewellery is a perfect medium for exploring narratives and themes that explore the human experience.

    In 2014 he was the designer and lead manufacturer of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Medals, Packaging and Commemorative medals. These medals were understood to have been seen by an audience of over 2 billion.

    His works can be found in private and public collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum , the Spencer Museum of Art Kansas, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Missouri, the Arkansas Arts Centre, the Scottish Parliament, Glasgow Life Museum’s and Goldsmiths Hall.
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  • Awards and Grants

  • 2013 Beijing International Metalwork Exhibition Prize

    2012 BKV Young Applied Artist Finalist. Munich

    2010 Best New Design, Goldsmiths Hall

    2010 Scottish Arts Council Grant

    2007 Donald Dewar Award for Exceptional Scottish Talent, Scottish Executive

    2007 New Designer of the Year, British Design Council

Selected work