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
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
“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.