David Poston

b. 1948, Moscow

Brief biography

David Poston was born in 1948 in Moscow. He began his career in jewellery in 1968 after graduating in 1967 from the jewellery design course at Hornsey College of Art (now Middlesex University). Poston’s work mainly consisted of jewellery made from non-precious metals and he found motivation in the visual and psychological relationship between the jewellery and the wearer. From 1984-2000, Poston paused his career in jewellery to pursue work in international development. In 1990 he received his PhD in engineering from University of Warwick, Department of Engineering. He then worked all over Africa as an independent consultant in a number of highly specialised fields, including industrial and economic development, clinical informatics and medicine delivery design, and haptic interface technology. When he returned to jewellery, he moved away from his more simply forms and tried to be less serious and more teasing to allow more ambiguity in his work. His most recent project is a Touring Exhibition: David Poston: Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories starting in 2014 and ending in 2016. David delivered the annual Crafts Council Fielding Talk in 2016.

Education & training

PhD Engineering, University of Warwick, graduated 1990
Jewellery design, Hornsey College of Art, graduated 1967


David Poston: Necklace for an Elephant and Other Stories: The Working Lives of David Poston, The Harley Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre, Touring Exhibition, 2015-2016
What is Jewellery? Curated by David Poston. Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1994
10th Anniversary exhibition, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, 1986
Crafts Council Collection, Crafts Council, London, 1985
Contemporary Jewellery, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo, 1984
The Maker's Eye, Crafts Council, London, 1982
Towards a New Iron Age, Victoria and Albert Museum & USA, 1982
Making It Crafts Council, London, 1982
On Tour in Germany and Australia, 1976-1977
Jewellery in Europe, Touring Exhibition, 1975-1977

Public collections

National Museums Scotland
National Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum

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