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Elizaveta Gnatchenko

MA work


My final project is inspired by my fascination with glass, a man-made material that plays the essential role in modern society.

Glass is both fragile and tough, it's everywhere and nowhere in our everyday lives, we live in buildings made entirely of glass, hidden and protected yet exposed in it. In modern cities, sleek reflective and cold glass architecture combined with industrial shapes co-exists with nature (human body being a part of it), shaping and restricting its ‘natural’ ways to serve a purpose. Human society is building a life by taming nature, but being a part of natural world ourselves we result in becoming a decaying specimen exposed in an entomological case. By affecting and reconstructing the organic, human society has altered the whole meaning of the words ‘natural’ and ‘real’. ‘Natural’ as I see it has become a phantom, an ephemeral man-made version of ‘real’.     

Working with glass substitutes (i.e. Perspex and acrylic treated to resemble glass, which also reflects the somewhat artificial or man-made character of modern ‘nature’) I would like to reflect the beauty of ‘natural’ shapes and textures in diverse stages of development (from de-composed to perfectly finished) thus exposing the manufactured and detached from natural character of nowadays world.  

In my pieces, shapes and forms inspired by nature combined with geometric architectural structures should envelop the human body as sculpture-like elements reminiscent of scaffolding. Restraining and ‘shaping’ the movements of the wearer according to the structure of a piece, seems essential to reflect how glass is shaping our behaviour in modern culture.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2016

  • Born in Moscow, USSR, surrounded by masterpieces of the Constructivist era, I always had an inclination towards simple shapes and lines. This affection combined with admiring natural forms; and the two now inspire all of my work.

    I use CAD-based programmes and 3D printing and combine them with hand-making techniques to create works of art that follow the jewellery tradition but are reflective of modern technology.

    I like to combine the idea of haute jewellery with its quality of craftsmanship with versatility, experiment, playfulness and flippancy that adds the contemporary and eclectic feel to the piece. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Hons Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2010 ; Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2007; Degree in Sociology, Moscow State University, 2007
  • Experience

  • Jewellery assistant, Anabela Chan Joaillerie, London, 2015–2016; Designer of William and Son first jewellery collection, London, 2011; Designs for Tateossian London 20th anniversary collection, London, 2011 ; Jewellery designs for Corto Moltedo for Swarovski, Runway Rocks, London, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council 2015 awards exhibition, London, UK, 2015; International Jewellery, London, Earl’s Court, UK, 2012 ; New Designers exhibition, London, UK, 2010; EC One Jewellery store, Momento Mori exhibition, London, UK, 2008
  • Awards

  • Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council award, Gold and Platinum Jewellery, Commended, 2013; Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council award, Fashion & Conceptual Jewellery, Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers Company Award, Winner, 2012 ; New Designers Moon Jewellery Associate Prize, Winner, 2010
  • Publications

  • Gemstone Settings, The Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Styles & Techniques by Anastasia Young, Featured work, 2012; World of Interiors, December 2011; City AM, 9th December, 2011; Elle Canada, October 2011; Hanatsubaki magazine, Japan, July 2011; New Style, May 2011; Conde Nast Traveller Great Britain, April 2011; ‘Fashion’s New Generation’, Vogue Great Britain, April 2011