TARA LOIS

Tara Lois

Jewellery Maker, Jewellery Designer

There are many references to Tara Lois being an exceptionally unique jeweller. Let us explain why we can honestly make this claim. Read more about Tara Lois.

Tara Lois is a narrative creator who brings her distinctive style to sculpting emotional stories in the form of wearable art, handcrafted through the media of precious metals, gemstones and glass.


Training & Education

Most jewellery designers do not have the training and skills to create jewellery. On the other hand, jewellers are skilled in creating jewellery but most have not trained in design.

We can honestly say that Tara Lois stands out in the jewellery industry because she has qualifications from world class organisations in both bespoke jewellery design and handcrafting.

Instrumental to creating the highest quality of fine jewellery was her training at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre, under Master Jewellers from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. This is one of the preeminent goldsmith bodies in the world. She also worked with one of the few remaining Masters in Maltese Filigree.

However, it was her avant-guarde education in Jewellery & Matal Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, ranked in the top 1% worldwide, which truly set her artistic spirit free to explore how emotion can be designed into jewellery. 

Tara Lois - The Goldsmith's Centre


Artistic Background and Influences

Sculpture was her gateway into the world of jewellery design, and her talent had already been recognised with her life-sized female forms being exhibited internationally, evoking strong emotional responses.

Her influences are also truly international. Growing up and studying art in France, she was surrounded by contemporary galleries, world famous art museums, antiques, fashion and elegance. Living in cosmopolitan London offered exposure to further artistic and cultural influences. 

When Tara Lois moved to study at DJCAD in Scotland, Dundee had been named the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design which was celebrated by the opening of the V&A Dundee Design Museum. Here she had the freedom to explore how to design emotions into jewellery.

Now, her studio in Gozo, Malta, serves as both her creative santuary and offers a dialogue with the stunning rugged landscape and the surrounding Mediterranean sea.

In Tara Lois’ creative universe she interweaves artistic sculptural creativity, mastery of fine jewellery materials, expertise in ancestral and modern jewellery techniques, and her unique ability to express intense emotions and memories through sensitive design.

 

Tara Lois sculpture - Low Self Esteem


Tara Lois’ Aesthetic

Tara Lois’ jewellery eludes typical categorisation.

Conceptual art jewellery, like abstract contemporary art, is at one extreme of jewellery design. The idea and thought behind the jewellery takes precedence. The materials used to create this type of jewellery are rarely precious and it is not always wearable.

Conversely, traditional retail jewellery focuses on what is easy to sell at a profit, with a focus is on wearability. These designs tend to be less adventurous, and this style of jewellery looks perfectly made, as if machine manufactured, which much of it is.

Tara Lois’ jewellery falls between these extremes. Her designs are conceptual in that they are one-of-a-kind pieces, jewellery that tells a story and embodies emotions, but they are also wearable and made from precious materials.

She believes passionately that her work should be recognised as handmade, and never finished to look manufactured. Her goal is that the craftsmanship which she invests in the creation of her jewellery, is valued as much as her design style.

In a world increasingly enamoured with the unique, Tara Lois designs more than jewellery. She creates fragments of the soul meticulously crafted through a fusion of ancestral wisdom and innovative creativity. She creates the heirlooms of the future.

Achievements

Tara Lois' University of Dundee degree photo
Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council
Goldsmiths' Centre Excellence In Craftsmanship Award
Tara Lois wins IPO Award
Kempinski Hotel Gozo partnership
Tara Lois wins People's Choice Award

Award Winning Prodigy

Tara Lois made her first piece of gold jewellery when she was just 14, using recycled stones and gold. Her mother has worn this pendant every day ever since.

Tara grew up in France where her education included a week of work experience. She chose to spend her time with an artisanal jeweller, who recognised her talent and asked if she wanted to come back in her summer holidays.

She returned and learned the lost wax jewellery sculpting technique, to turn one of her designs into this gold pendant.

At the age of 17 Tara Lois was offered a full bursary by the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London to study jewellery making. She was one of only 10 students selected, to be taught by Master Jewellers. She learned the full range of goldsmithing techniques, including diamond setting, gem setting, engraving, silversmithing, chasing, enamelling, lathe turning, engine turning and CAD/design.

The Goldsmiths’ tutors felt that her chasing was of such a high standard that they entered her practice piece into the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards. These are considered the “Oscars” of the British jewellery industry and many excellent mature jewellers are never recognised. 

Tara Lois won a Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Award having just turned 18 years old.

When she was only 22, Tara was recognised as Malta’s Emerging Maker. The award committee considered work from all the craft sectors, not only jewellery. Having established Tara Lois Jewellery only 1 year earlier, Tara was already happy to be nominated, and completely ecstatic when she won this prestigious national award.

Since then, TaraLois has won numerous international awards, including the largest number of international votes in People’s Choice Award for her diamond and amethyst ring, and the IPO Award in recognition of her Contemporary Maltese Cross designs.

Smart & Sustainable Business Award Malta


Sustainability

Tara Lois participated in a course on sustainability, as part of her university degree. This transformed the way Tara has made jewellery ever since.

Not only does her workshop avoid dangerous chemicals and have nearly zero waste but she only uses recycled precious metals.

She buys antique jewellery, which she then repurposes for their gemstones or metals and encourages clients to use lab grown gemstones.

The Maltese government hold national awards open to all organisations and businesses. Tara Lois has won 2 first prizes in these Smart & Sustainable Business Awards.

She has been recognised in the media and specialist podcasters for her pioneering aproach to sustainability.

Exhibitions & Partnerships

Tara’s jewellery has been exhibited in private galleries in France, the UK and Malta. She has also had a solo exhibition at Munich Jewellery Week, and attended the leading European contemporary jewellery event, Sieraad, in the Netherlands. Tara Lois was also one of only 250 leading international jewellers to be invited to submit jewellery for by the curators of Milan Jewellery Week.

She is partnered with the five star Kempinski Hotel in Malta who recommend her as their jeweller of choice to all their guests and the Malta Tourism Authority have featured Tara Lois in their luxury guide to Malta.