Technical skill and sentimental value come together in Jessie Thomas's simple yet incredibly special creations
London-based Jessie Thomas learned her craft from her father, master goldsmith David Thomas, who she still works alongside in the workshop that she practically grew up in. A high level of craftsmanship, complicated technicality and wearability is
key in creating the incredible pieces that transcends trends, exhibiting instead an aesthetics of something beautiful yet simple. Everything is handcrafted by the Thomases and often evolves organically during their creation.
Jessie Thomas: "A lot of inspiration comes from developing a new technique or when I learn how to mount a diamond in a certain way."
You learned your craft from your father, master goldsmith David Thomas, how was it growing up with and learning from him?
It is such a big part of our lives that it has always been that. But I didn’t necessarily think it was what I wanted to do, but once I started, I became obsessed. Because it is a craft, and learning a craft just takes loads of time and practice. It’s quite fascinating as a craft, I think. It is one of the most interesting ones, and it is one of the most technical ones. Once, I started, I was hooked.
This takes me to my next question, so you haven’t always known that you wanted to be a goldsmith? Or was it always in the background?
He actually lives above the workshop, so I literally grew up above the workshop. It was very much a part of my childhood. Then, I actually didn’t train in jewellery originally, because I did history of art. I worked for a couple of years in art, and then I ended up coming here and training under him. I think I’ve been here for nine years now. I did my whole apprenticeship and now I am what you call a journeyman goldsmith, whereas he is a master goldsmith, because he has obviously had apprentices.