Menna Jones is a contemporary Welsh Jewellery/CAD designer based on Gower, near Swansea. Menna has been exposed to a wide range of artistic practices since childhood, as her mother is a successful professional artist. Menna studied A’ level Art at school, and enrolled on the Art and Design Foundation course in Swansea.
After spending a year studying Architectural Stained Glass, Menna enrolled on a part-time Silversmithing course at Gower College, where she completed levels one and two in Silversmithing. Having discovered her metier, Menna went on to study for a Higher National Diploma in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the prestigious School of Jewellery in Birmingham, after which, she completed the additional top-up year in Design for Industry to complete her Degree.
In her second year of Higher National Diploma (2017), she won a competition to design the medals for the International Association of Athletics Federation’s World Indoor Athletics Championships, held at Arena Birmingham in 2018. Menna’s designs wove together images of Birmingham city’s architectural heritage, and the medals were fabricated by a local medal and trophy making company, Fattorini, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Growing up, and living, in Wales, Menna has always been surrounded by the beauty of the natural environment, which provides much of the inspiration for the work she has designed and made throughout her three years at University.
This is exemplified by Menna’s graduation pieces ‘Athyrium Ghost’, which have been exhibited at the ‘New Designers’ exhibition in London and were chosen to be displayed on the catwalk in Olympia, as a part of International Jewellery London in 2019.