Biography

Wendy ramshaw (FCSD FRSA OBE RDI CBE) was born in Sunderland (UK) in 1939. Now she lives and works in London. Between 1956 and 1960 she studied illustration and fabric design at the Newcastleupon-Tyne College of Art and Industrial Design. Then, in 1960-1961, she studied at Reading university. She attended the Central School of Art and Design in 1969 to undertake her postgraduate studies. She was nominated freeman and lady liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in 1973 and 1986, respectively. in June 1993 she was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for services to the arts. She has been visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London between 1996 and 1999.

She designed and made on behalf of the new millennium experience company the gold medal presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 31st December 1999 to celebrate the new millennium.

In 1999 she became an honorary fellow of the London Institute, and was also elected RDI (Royal Designer for Industry). In 2003 she was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to art.

Selected Awards & Residencies

1972 Council Of Industrial Design Award (Uk)
1975 De Beers Diamond International Award
1978 'artists In Residence' Western Australia Institute Of Technology
1983 Designers And Art Directors Association - Award For Graphics (Uk)
1984 Visiting Artist, Glass Department, Royal College Of Art, (Uk)
1993 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship (Uk)
1993 'art In Architecture', Royal Society Of Arts (Uk)
Work In Selected Public Collections
Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal (Uk)
Art Gallery Of South Australia, Adelaide (Australia)
Art Gallery Of Western Australia, Perth (Australia)
Australian National Gallery, Canberra (Australia)
Birmingham City Art Gallery, Birmingham (Uk)
Broadfield House Glass Museum, Stourbridge (Uk)
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute, New York (Usa)
The Corning Museum Of Glass (Usa)
The Crafts Council, London (Uk)
Helen Williams Drutt Collection Of Modern Jewellery (Usa)
Kundstindustrimuseet, Oslo (Norway)
Liverpool Museum & Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (Uk)
Musëe Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (France)
Museum Of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe, Hamburg (Germany)
National Gallery Of Victoria (Australia)
National Museum Of Wales, Cardiff (Uk)
Die Neue Sammlung, Munich (Germany)
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseet, Trondheim (Norway)
Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Philadelphia (Usa)
Powerhouse, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)
Princessehof Museum (Holland)
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh (Uk)
Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim (Germany)
Science Museum, London (Uk)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (Holland)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Uk)
Worshipful Company Of Goldsmiths, London (Uk)

Selected Individual & Two-Person Exhibitions

1970 Pace Gallery, London (Uk)
1972 ‘Council Of Industrial Design Award Exhibition’, Electrum Gallery, London (Uk)
1973 Wendy Ramshaw - David Watkins, American Institute Of Architects' Gallery, Philadelphia (Usa). Curator Helen Drutt
1973 Joint Exhibition With David Watkins, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London (Uk)
1982 ‘Wendy Ramshaw’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Uk)
1986 ‘Landscapes In Glass’, Aspects Gallery, London (Uk)
1987 ‘Wendy Ramshaw And David Watkins’, Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim (Germany)
1988 ‘Wendy Ramshaw Knitted Outfits’, Museum Het Princessehof (Holland)
1990 ‘From Paper To Gold’, Royal Festival Hall, London (Uk)
1993 ‘Jewellery Strategies/Jewellery Variations’ David Watkins & Wendy Ramshaw, Mikimoto, Tokyo (Japan)
1998 ‘Picasso’S Ladies’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Uk) & The American Crafts Museum, New York (Usa)
2000 Millennium Exhibition, Contemporary Applied Art, London (Uk)
2001 ‘Picasso’S Ladies’, Institute Mathildenhohe, Darmstadt (Germany)
2002 ‘Room Of Dreams’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (Uk)

Publications-Books-Catalogues

‘Wendy Ramshaw’, Published By The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1982
‘Wendy Ramshaw And David Watkins’, Published By Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, 1987
‘From Paper To Gold’, Published By The Royal Festival Hall, London, 1990
‘Jewellery Studies, Vol.4’ Society Of Jewellery Historians Magazine, 1991
‘Wendy Ramshaw - Jewel Drawings And Projects’, Published By Hipotesi, Barcelona, 1998
‘Picasso’S Ladies - Jewellery By Wendy Ramshaw’, Published By Arnoldsche, 1998
‘Room Of Dreams’, Published By The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2002