Tamara Dixon @ Tudor House Gallery

Tamara Dixon

As the 4th generation of a jewellery and watch making family, jewellery, the love of metal and form is in my bones. My Great Grandfather was a watchmaker who opened his first store in Caterham, Surrey in 1921. Before the Second World War my Grandmother, following the family tradition, worked as his apprentice. In 1948 the family moved to Africa and the business passed to her younger brother. Following their well trodden footsteps I am now the first manufacturing jeweller in the line.

I started my career in 1995 working for a family owned jewellery store and become fascinated with estate jewellery and the lore of amazing gemstones. This led me to study Gemmology though the Gemmological Institute of America. Still passionate about jewellery in 2004, I returned to study, and qualified in jewellery manufacture and object design.

My designs have shifted away from the emphasis of wealth and status that traditional jewellery offers, to an exploration of the purity of forms. In my design work, this is embodied aesthetically through the repetition of simple forms to create complex designs.