The fragment is the gateway to the whole.
— Walter Benjamin

Jan Goodey is a British maker living in Cumbria working across Ceramics, Sculpture and Jewellery.

Initially trained and worked as a goldsmith and later combined these skills with teaching at The University of Cumbria, formerly Carlisle School of Art, as Leader of the Foundation Studies Course for many years, and later contributing to the BA and MA in Contemporary Applied Arts. Throughout this time her research practice continued and was exhibited widely. 

Materials and process are at the heart of the work; which is often labour intensive and intricate with many kinetic elements. Each piece involves hours of patient manipulation and is made from mixed media; typically using clay, copper, iron, gold, lead, paper, steel and/or silver exploiting their contrasting properties and colours.

Inspiration for the work comes from a curiosity about many things; geology, archaeology, psychology, microscopy, and intimate landscapes amongst others.



Foundation studies     Colchester Institute

BA Jewellery                Hornsey College of Art/Middlesex University

MA Art & Design         Leeds Metropolitan University


Hopes & Disappointments. Detail

Hopes & Disappointments. Detail

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

finalist in the Designer/maker category. Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017

finalist  Artistic Collaboration category  for 'Evocative Objects at Sprint Mill'. Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017

2016/17  Cumbria Ceramics, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria UK

2016  Evocative Objects. Sprint Mill Gallery, Cumbria UK

2012   Nets. TAFTA Geelong Forum, Corio, Canberra, Australia

2007   The 5th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea

2007   New Craft – Future Voices Conference and Exhibition. University

            of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

2006    Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria UK

2005    Rarefinds Spring. New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey UK

2004    Jewellery Unlimited, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery UK


Work is informed by a lifetime of involvement in the crafts: Initially as Designer Maker Jeweller and Goldsmith, working to commission and for Galleries and Exhibitions, later working with young adults and older students, and finally teaching BA & M Applied Arts in University.

2011 – 2007     Applied Arts BA (Hons) 3rd year tutor responsible for Jewellery.                      University of Cumbria

2010 – 2005     Course Leader, Foundation Degree in Contemporary Jewellery (HE)

                           University of Cumbria

2009-1995     Course Leader Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. University of


1995 – 1983    Lecturer Foundation Studies, responsible for general exploratory

                           studies, 3D Design, Fine Art, Cumbria Institute of the Arts

1983 – 1978     Jeweller in Residence, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

1985 – 1978     Independent workshop, Designer Maker, Jewellery, commission

                           exhibition and sale. Ongoing.

1974 – 1978     Gold and Silversmithing workshop assistant, Blyth & Beck, 

                           Goldsmiths/Designers.   Shepherds Market, London,

1974 – 1973     Designer and Model Maker.  Alpha Jewellery. London


Collections     Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear

                         Abbott Hall, Kendal Cumbria.

                          Victoria & Albert Museum. London

                          Museum of Modern Art, New York