Jess Dare

Australia, 1982

Contemporary jeweller and glass maker Jess Dare completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts TAFEsa in 2006. She is a partner in the Gray Street Workshop (est.1985), alongside Catherine Truman and Sue Lorraine. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented in major national collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Glass Collection.


Jess has undertaken international residencies researching floral culture in Thailand (2014) and China (2015). In 2016/17 she worked closely with Professor Richard Johnson creating a permanent memorial in Martin Place, Sydney, symbolising the sea of flowers laid by thousands of people following the December 2014 Martin Place siege.


“As a jeweller I have always been drawn to the miniature, it’s how I view the world, in small minute details.  For me, this intimate scale draws people into my sense of wonder, whilst the gigantic thrusts a world upon the viewer. I also use this scale to accentuate the sense of intrigue and awe that I get from the natural world. My work draws parallels between the different ways that throughout history people have attempted to preserve flowers by means of illustration, photography, flower pressing, specimen collection and botanical models.”  Jess Dare

Waning Marigold necklace, 2020, powdercoated brass, silver

More work by Jess Dare

Threaded Jasmine by Jess Dare Threaded Jasmine , 2017, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Waning Marigolds by Jess Dare Waning Marigolds , 2015 -, powdercoated brass, silver, silk ,
Object by Jess Dare Object , 2018, lampworked glass ,
Object by Jess Dare Object , 2018, lampworked glass ,
Wilted by Jess Dare Wilted , 2016, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Love by Jess Dare Love , 2016, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Wilted Champee pendants by Jess Dare Wilted Champee pendants , 2015 - , powdercoated brass, silver, silk ,
Leaf necklace (yellow) by Jess Dare Leaf necklace (yellow) , 2020, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Wilted Champee by Jess Dare Wilted Champee , 2015, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Flowering Gum by Jess Dare Flowering Gum , 2018, powdercoated brass, silver ,
Rose by Jess Dare Rose , 2018 -, powdercoated brass, silver, silk ,
Inheritance by Jess Dare Inheritance , 2020, lampworked glass, vintage jewellery boxes ,


2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

15 August - 15 September 2018

The 2018 Mari Funaki Award presents work by 30 emerging and established artists from around the world.


10 March - 9 April, 2020

Elegy is an exhibition of ‘mourning jewellery’ by a group of 12 Australian women artists, reflecting on the loss of ecology and biodiversity.