Claire Underwood has been a jeweller and silversmith for over 25 years. Her designs employ clean, elegant shapes, formed from matt silver or 18ct gold, with contrasting moments of rich colour and texture.

Underwood’s interest in jewellery was awakened by childhood travels to Africa where she encountered the adornment and colourful beadwork of the Maasai people. She translated these impressions into brightly patterned enamel through her studies at Loughborough College of Art and Design, the Royal College of Art, and at Cockpit Arts, where she set up her first workshop.

Over the past 20 years, as a diplomatic spouse, Underwood has lived in Russia, America, India and Thailand. These places have provided inspiration for her work, the designs evolving with each new country. She has captured the rich textures and colours from objects collected on these travels into designs embellished with bright enamel, colourful glass beads and, lately, precious gemstone beads.

Underwood returned to the UK in 2017 and established a new workshop in south London where she continues to develop her jewellery.


  • 1967Bristol


  • 1989-91MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1986-89BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery, Loughborough College of Art and Design


  • 1995Carroll Foundation Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair
  • 1993Loan, Princes Youth Trust
  • 1993Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council
  • 1991Award for Silversmithing, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021Elements, Scottish Goldsmiths Trust - online
  • 2019‘LOOT ‘ Museum of Art & Design, New York - online
  • 2001Goldsmiths’ Fair, London
  • 2001In Farbe, Bettina Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2001Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany
  • 2000Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 20005th International Exhibition, Velvet Da Vinci, San Francisco, USA
  • 2000Solo Exhibition, Chic Choc Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2000Winter Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1999The Jewellery Show, Hugo Barclay, Brighton
  • 1998Blue Horizons, Coombe Farm Gallery, Devon
  • 1998Fired Metal, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1996Fahrenheit ’96 Solid.Liquid.Solid, Kirkland Arts Centre, Washington DC, USA
  • 1996Solo Exhibition, The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
  • 1996Metalanguage (solo), Barbican centre, London
  • 1994New Faces, Crafts Council Shop, V&A Museum, London
  • 1994Silver Works Exhibition, Countrywork Gallery, Wales
  • 1993-98Chelsea Crafts Fair

Selected Publications

  • 1992The Art and Craft of Jewellery, Janet Fitch