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Carol Kingsbury Gwizdak

Carol Gwizdaks jewellery focuses on ecological issues that draw on the visual and conceptual language of the natural world and in so doing entreats us to reinstate nature in its purist form, as the most precious of all commodities.

Her work centres around the notion of ‘Precious’ in a traditional context, subverting this by replacing the expected gemstones with the natural treasures that she finds. Often wilfully transient; her use of ephemeral plant matter contradicts the notion of jewellery as ‘precious and permanent’ and refers preoccupations with value back to the environment.

References are made to a plethora of concerns. From the alarming rate of habitat and biodiversity loss to the decline of outdoor play and by default our children’s awareness of nature’s wonders. It implores us to question what we value. Do we care what we have lost, if, in our interior digital world, we are ignorance of its existence? In the piece EX1 is it enough to create imaginary hybrids from the bits we save and remember? The sculpted creature looks forlorn, the last of its kind, a flora construct, a definitive depiction and trophy of our wilful destruction of our planet.

Carol Gwizdak trained at Dyfed college of Art and Birmingham University - School of Jewellery. She later took up the post as Programme Director for Foundation Art and Design at Carmarthen School of Art and developed and taught on BA Ceramics and Jewellery. In 2014 she became Assistant Head at the School until she left in 2019 to concentrate on the practice. She has won several awards including the Gold Medal for Craft & Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2006.

Education / Qualifications                    


1982 – 1985             BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Silversmithing

                                Birmingham  School of Jewellery

1981 – 1982              Diploma in Art Foundation Studies

                                Dyfed College of Art


Professional Qualifications


1994 – 1996             PGCE - University of Wales Newport.

2008 – 2009           Leadership & Management Certificate.


Professional Experience


2014 – 2019             Assistant Head – Carmarthen School of Art

1997 – 2014             Course Director – Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

                                Carmarthen School of Art

1988 – 2019              Lecturer & Programme Development - BA Hons Ceramics & Jewellery programmes teaching Jewellery Design and 3D Art & Design

Carmarthen School of Art

1996 – 1998              Head of Department - A’ level Art & Design. Coleg Sir Gar

1994 – 1996              Course Leader GNVQ Intermediate Coleg Sir Gar

2002 – Present       Artist Jeweller

1986 – 1990              Fine Jeweller




2006                        Gold Medal Award for Craft & Design. National Eisteddfod of Wales.

2004                        Gold Award Winner. Kingston University.

2014                         Lifetime Teaching and Learning Award – Carmarthenshire college





2022                         Cluster Contemporary Jewellery Fair ‘Sentient’

                                  Fresh: Art Fair, Cheltenham 

                                  Ebb and Flow, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo

                                  Tree of Life,  Studio Cennen, Llandeilo

2021                           Truth Myths Dreams, Studio Cennen, Llandeilo

2019                           From Hand to Hand, Mission Gallery, Swansea

2018                           Rooted in Practice, The Makers Guild of Wales, Cardiff

                                   Group Show, Edge Gallery, Cardigan

                                   40 Years Celebration, Carmarthen School of Art

2014                           ‘New Beginnings’ Nantgarw, Cardiff

                                   “Aur’ Makers Guild of Wales, Cardiff

2011                            ‘Coedwig’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

2010                           ‘Lux’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

                                   ‘Delicate Balance’ Solo Show, National Botanic Garden of Wales

2009                           ‘Art & Utility’ Henry Thomas Gallery, Carmarthen School of Art

                                    ‘Crafted – Contemporary Craft’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

                                    ‘Pre.cious’ Solo Show, Lakeside Gallery, University of Nottingham

2007                           ‘Hoar Frost’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

                                    ‘The Nature of Things’ curated by Ralph Turner. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

                                    ‘Llif’ Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen

                                    ‘Precious’ Solo Show. Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth

                                    ‘Llif’ Flow Gallery, London

 2006                           Award winner exhibition, National Eisteddfod of Wales,

                                    British Art Medal Society, Touring Exhibition

2005                            Aberglasney Gardens, Llandeilo

                                    Henry Thomas Gallery West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen  

                                    Fab 6 Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

2004                            Fab 5 Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London





2015                             A Dictionary of Artists in Wales Isabel Hitchman, Peter W. Jones, Gomer Press 2015

2014                             Aur Exhibition Catalogue, National Eisteddfod and Arts Council of Wales.

2006                            Exhibition catalogue & accompanying poetry book.

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