“I am interested in exploring linkages between the language of traditional craft processes and the developing language resulting from newer modes of production.”
Pamela Ritchie is an artist and jeweller based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the winner of the 2017 Saidye Bronfman award for excellence in Fine craft. She has influenced numerous generations of students at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Major institutional collectors include the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway; and the Nova Scotia Art Bank.
“She combines centuries-old techniques with cutting-edge technology to create works of exquisite beauty laden with meaning.”
For more than four decades, Pamela Ritchie has been conversing deeply using the language of jewellery. While her work is often described as cerebral, Ritchie’s work first appeals to your emotions – the initial spark of a conversation that becomes more and more layered. She is able to seamlessly combine centuries-old techniques with cutting-edge technology to create works of exquisite beauty laden with meaning.
Susan Hanrahan, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, Halifax (nominator)