ABOUT TARA LOIS

An award-winning Goldsmith and Silversmith, her achievements include a Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award, a Goldsmiths' Centre Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship and a BDes in Jewellery and Metal Design from DJCAD at the University of Dundee.

Tara Lois jewellery jewelry Goldsmiths craft and design council awards award winner
Tara Lois jewellery jewelry Goldsmiths craft and design council awards award winner

ABOUT TARA LOIS

An award-winning Goldsmith and Silversmith, her achievements include a Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award, a Goldsmiths' Centre Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship and a BDes in Jewellery and Metal Design from DJCAD at the University of Dundee.

Tara Lois jewellery jewelry Goldsmiths craft and design council awards award winner

Humble Beginnings

Tara Lois made a simple silver ring in Design and Technology at school. A week's work experience with an artisan jeweller near Toulouse in France confirmed her passion. She was hooked.

The jeweller invited Tara Lois back for 2 months in the summer where he taught her how to carve jeweller's wax to create her own designs.

She recycled stones and gold from broken jewellery to make a stunning cast pendant. Tara Lois' first experience of repurposing materials has fuelled her interest in using sustainable materials ever since.

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Tara Lois studied Art, Design and Sciences at the Old School France, while her summer holidays were spent attending short courses in jewellery.

She learnt Computer Aided Design (CAD) for jewellers, and Silversmithing, at world-renowned jewellery schools including the School of Jewellery, Birmingham and the Glasgow School of Art.

Tara Lois’ training in design and traditional jewellery skills

 

Tara Lois was offered a full bursary by The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London as one of only 10 students asked to join their 1-year Foundation Programme. 

She was taught by leading experts from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths covering design, silversmithing (making small silver objects), enamelling, chasing (hammering out designs), engraving and stone setting, gaining City & Guilds qualifications in Jewellery Manufacturing.

 

Winning a Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Award was a major achievement. Known as the Oscars of the Jewellery World, most goldsmiths never receive this accolade in their entire career.

 

At the Goldsmiths' Centre End of Year Exhibition, Tara Lois was awarded an Excellence in Craftsmanship Prize for her silver enamelled trinket box and spoon which are still held by Goldsmiths.

Her next step was to study for a BDes in Jewellery and Metal Design at DJCAD at the University of Dundee.

The 3 years flew by and Tara Lois experimented with modern and smart materials, contemporary and traditional designs, techniques including 3D printing, laser cutting, casting and enamelling.

She often designs hidden meanings into her jewellery using textures, sounds, movement, light, colour, kinetic elements and interchangeable parts.

 

Tara Lois has taken short courses include a polishing course with Steve Goldsmith who has polished the British Crown Jewels, instruction in plique-a-jour enamel with Geogina Follett, who has pieces in the V&A Museum collection and a De Beers diamond training course.

Feedback From Tara Lois Clients

KIND WORDS FROM MY LOVELY CLIENTS

“Tara Lois made a beautiful silver Dove pin badge for me.
My logo in fine silver wire.Stunning!”

— Peter, who commissioned a custom creation
 

“What a fabulous idea.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted so Tara Lois gave me everything.
Interchangeable earrings which I can mix and match.
Dangling for evening, simple gold for classy,
garnets with or without the gold flower behind and subtly shimmering opals.”

Caroline who commissioned a custom creation

“Tara Lois is unquestionably one of the most talented,
creative and intuitive artists I have come across in my many years of
collecting unique jewellery for myself and purchasing it for others.”

— Ria Davis