It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this blog post and announcement. Benjamin Hawkins is a fine jewellery designer specialising in one off bespoke artworks and also, a very good personal friend of mine. Over the coming months, we will be showcasing Ben’s craftsmanship and portfolio through our dedicated Benjamin Hawkins London page on our website and a series of blog posts. In addition to this, we will be releasing for sale a number of one-off pieces of jewellery designed and made by Ben exclusively in collaboration with The Vintage Jeweller. The rest of this post will provide a short biography of Ben’s career thus far.
From the age of fifteen, Benjamin practiced goldsmithing, before studying jewellery at the Goldsmiths Centre in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter. Ben flourished during his time at the Goldsmiths Centre,winning multiple awards in design and craft including the Catherine Jones of Cambridge competition for his pendant design inspired by the architecture of Cambridge, and the Benvenuto Cellini Award for craftsmanship. On completing the course, Ben went under tutelage of the master craftsman Brian Joslin absorbing as much wisdom and practical experience as possible, before breaking off in 2014 to start his own company -Benjamin Hawkins London. Later that year, Benjamin was scouted to apply for a position at the Lee Alexander McQueen foundation, Sarabande, to boost the start of his career. He was accepted and moved into residency under the mentorship of the remarkable Shaun Leane. Benjamin started to develop his own style of design and after two years of experimentation he completed designing a sixteen piece collection of one off, fine artworks. They are under construction and are set to be released in the coming months.
Having spent many hours myself in Ben’s workshop, as well as visiting his exhibition at the Sarabande centre, I am full of admiration for both Ben’s craftsmanship and his attitude. He truly regards what he does as a form of art as opposed to the manufacture of jewellery. You only need to spend five minutes in his workshop and his passion for his work and curiosity surrounding the industry are conveyed in a humble yet inspiring manner. Ben draws on inspiration from jewellery and art from all eras and in particular Victorian and Art Deco. Therefore, there is an overlap between Ben’s work and some of the period pieces we have on offer at The Vintage Jeweller. His career is only in the early stages but he has already caught the attention and respect of so many of his peers and the future is exciting. Ben has some incredible projects lined up over the coming months culminating in the release of his Dark Deco Collection which is sure to send ripples throughout the industry. It is a pleasure to showcase Ben’s work on The Vintage Jeweller and to offer for exclusive sale a number of his bespoke, one-off creations.