Jessica Winchcombe is a New Zealand contemporary jeweller living and practising in Queenstown. With a Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in Jewellery from Whitireia New Zealand Faculty of Art in 2010. In her final year, Jess received the Fingers graduate award and was also invited to participate in the Marzee Annual International Graduation Show, Netherlands 2011.

As a participant in Handshake, a global mentoring project. Jess had the opportunity to collaborate with her chosen mentor, Warwick Freeman. The collaborative Handshake works led to Schmuck International Jewellery Exhibition, Munich 2012 and “Specials” a HandShake Alumni Exhibition, Munich Germany 2016.

Winchcombe’s jewellery style has received international recognition for work exhibited in, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, The Netherlands and recently featured in Wunderrūma exhibition: New Zealand Jewellery curated by Freeman and Fritsch, which has toured successfully in both Europe and New Zealand.

Winchcombe’s Jewellery is in many private collections and publications as well as jewellery gallery’s within New Zealand.

Winchcombe is an active member of the contemporary jewellery community. Well known for her interest in pushing boundaries.

Education and professional development

2016 “Not to Precious” Jewellery Symposium, National Craft Gallery, Ireland

2016    Handshake1 5-year professional development and exhibition programme

2016 David Clarke workshop Dunedin

2015 Workshop assistant for Warwick Freeman, Auckland

2015 Octavia Cook ,Workshop, Studio 6, Auckland

2012  Master classes with Karl Fritsch, Marcel Van Kan for Atelier Ted

Noten, Manon Van Kouswijik, Fabrizio

Trident, Jemposium Wellington.

2010 Bachelor Visual Art’s and design, Whitireia Polytechnic Porirua

2010 Workshop with Lisa Walker, Wellington

2009 Textile Symposium, Napier.

2009 Workshop with Andria Daily, Wellington

2008 Workshop with Renee Bevin, Wellington

2008 Workshop in Printmaking with Linna Marsh, Wellington

2008 Workshop with Warwick Freeman, Wellington

2008 “Volume” Object Conference, Napier

2000 Foundation Visual Arts certificate, Whanganui Polytechnic

Solo Exhibitions

2016 “Curiosity Box”, Bound, Queenstown

2015 “Chapogrophy” Visual Culture Gallery, Wellington

2013 ” Celebration / Commiseration” Angel Devine, Queenstown

2012 “One of One” Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington

2011 “Build” Jewellery Box Master Works, Auckland

2010 “Embellish yourself.” Thistle Hall, Wellington

Group Exhibitions


 “Artisan Jewels” Palazzo Giureconsulti di Milano, Italy


Fingers Gallery Group show, Auckland

“Bespoke Design” Group show, Queenstown

“Art in the Garden”, Christchurch

“Specials” a HandShake Alumni Exhibition, Munich Germany

“Practitioners” Front Room, Queenstown


“Moving Towards Light”, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
“Wunderruma”, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland.

“Wundermeke”, Fingers Gallery, Auckland.

“Honed”, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Annual Group Exhibition, Fingers Gallery, Auckland.


“Wunderruma”, New Dowse Gallery, Wellington
“Cluster” Pataka Museum, Porirua, Wellington

“Wunderruma”, Das handwork, Munich, Germany

“KETE” at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Wellington

“Fingers group exhibition”, Fingers Gallery, Auckland

“The Year of the Horse”, The National Gallery, Christchurch

“The Jewellery Box”, Cloakroom Gallery, Queenstown

“Kina group exhibition”, New Plymouth


“Handshake” collaboration with Warwick Freeman, Object Space, Auckland

“Fingers group exhibition” Fingers Gallery, Auckland

“Mad Dog Quinn” Wardrobe assistant for Terzan Elliott, Queenstown

“Handshake 1” within Das handwork exhibition, Munich, Germany

“Photography collaboration” with The Pixel Trade, Queenstown


“Handshake” National Gallery, Christchurch

“Jemposium” Master class exhibition, Royal academy of fine art, Wellington.

“Handshake Exhibition”, Toi Panoko Gallery, Wellington

“Half Full or Overflowing” exhibition, curated and exhibited, Queenstown.


“The Secret Bloom” New Balance Gallery, Berlin, Germany

“Handshake” Year 1 collaboration with Warwick Freeman,

” Fingers group show” Fingers Gallery, Auckland

“Graduate Exhibition”, Marzee Gallery, Nijmegen, Netherlands

“Fingers Graduate Award” exhibition, Fingers Gallery, Auckland
“Handshake” 20/17 Gallery, Sydney, Australia.