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Chris Massey

MA work

MA work

The Character of Stone

The colour and brilliance of gemstones have mesmerised us through the ages, calling up their mystery, energy and preternatural power. But conventional gem cutting techniques emphasise stones’ clarity and avoid their natural flaws and colour variations. I believe it is these intrinsic features that make each stone’s individual presence more stirring. Just as the inclusions of natural emeralds are alluringly called “jardin” for garden, the imperfections of a rough gemstone only need a few windows for us to appreciate their subtleties. Inasmuch as historic research and technical preparation inform my faceting strategies, intuition and improvisation effect these outcomes as I cater to the stone’s individual character.



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2018

  • Trained in antiques, art history and interior design, I make jewellery to explore its history, materials and forms . As a result, I’d describe myself as a sort of designer-maker-jeweller – making and working within craft traditions, but designing pieces from the historical and conceptual perspective of a jeweller. My work always starts with the four principles of concept, form, material and technique, and could end up, well… anywhere.
  • Degrees

  • MA, Royal College of Art, 2018; BA Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Instittue of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, 2014; Advanced Diploma (Jewellery), Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), Melbourne, 2009; MBA, Kellog Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2000; BA (Art History), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1993
  • Experience

  • Secretary and Committee Member, Bluestone Collection, Melbourne VIC, 2014-2016; Jewellery Designer, L'Uccello Collect, Melbourne VIC 2013-2016; Strategic Management Consultant, House of Baulch, Melbourne VIC 2010; Studio Assistant, House of Baulch, Melbourne VIC 2008-2009; Studio Assistant, Adrian Lewis Designs, South Yarra VIC 2009, 2011; Designer and Business Manager, Pemwood Designs, West Hollywood CA 2005-2007; Assistant Marketing Manager, Neutrogena, Los Angeles CA 2000-2001
  • Exhibitions

  • Urban A-Wear-Ness, Francis Ormond statue, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2017; Happy Chance, The Wilton Way Café, London, 2016; PUT IT ON, Ampersand Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Figurative Impressions, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2015; Fresh! Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2015; Re:Make, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Waiting to be Noticed, Gingerboy, Melbourne, 2015; Hey Handsome, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Craft Forms 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania, 2014; Marzee Annual International Graduation Show 2013, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2013; The Melbourne Cufflink, Lord Coconut, Melbourne, 2013; As Above, So Below, Graduate Exhibition RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Department, Victoria Artists’ Society, Melbourne, 2012; Work Hardened, Student Exhibition RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Department, Boscia Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; BUDA 2011 – Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition, Castlemaine, 2011; BUDA 2011 – Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition, (Selected finalist) Arts Centre, Melbourne, 2011; National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2010 (Finalists’ traveling exhibition), Sturt Gallery, Mittagong NSW, 2011; National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2010 – Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW2010; Got A Nice Ring To It, Student Exhibition RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Department, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; MINT – Graduate Exhibition, NMIT, Jewellery and Silversmithing Department, Northcote Town Hall, Northcote, 2008
  • Awards

  • Emily Hope Prize for figurative work, Jewellery (Acquisitive) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 2014; Best Design Award, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Fairfield, 2009