I’m so glad that I managed to make it to Clarice Price Thomas studio. She’s the last of my studio visits in London and definitely one that I do not want to miss. I have been a fan of Clarice’s geometric and architectural jewelry and can’t wait to see how her studio looks like.
Sometimes the jewelry does not represent the designer’s studio, but in Clarice’s case I think it does. CPT has a beautifully, airy studio, minimalistic and modern as her jewelry. These beautiful big windows light up the space and make for a lot of its charm. There is actually something in Clarice’s studio that it is rare to find on jeweler’s studios: it not cluttered and it’s clean. And I think it’s not cluttered as an option. Just like her jewelry, CPT likes simple, clean and functional spaces.
What I really like about Clarice (apart from her talent at such young age) is that she did not take the traditional approach to jewelry making. She moved to London when she was 18, started taking metalsmith classes in between jobs and grew her talent and name from there. She worked for other designers until the moment came to start her own brand. And lucky for us that she did so.
Her father was a watchmaker and you can clearly see it as an inspiration for one of her collections – The Time Collection. She actually deconstructed the idea of the watch and used the part of the mechanism to turn it into wearable pieces of art.
Clearly Clarice loves her tools. As I ask her for her favorite tool she can’t make up her mind. She starts with three of her files, but then she adds the special pliers and then she keeps finding tools that she loves and uses frequently on her work. We both get all excited talking about stone setting tools, her electroplating machine and an awesome old school sand belt that is a real beauty. And it’s such a pleasure to see that her eyes really light up when she talks about it! (Notice her smile on the photos).
On her bench and around the studio lays a good amount of pieces from the Metropolis that need to be finished. Clarice is filing and sanding a lot of pieces that she needs to get out the door. Her studio in Hackney Wick has lots of white space, room for all the tools to be neatly organized and a beautiful light that fills up the entire space.
Before I leave and after putting my camera away I notice a doctor’s bag on the floor. Clarice tells me it’s what she uses whenever she has shows because it’s easy to stack her jewelry cases inside. I snap it with my iPhone and think to myself that it couldn’t be a more appropriate bag for a jewelry surgeon like herself.
Thank you Clarice for finding me a slot to meet and to shoot the studio! And I wait impatiently to see the new marvelous collections that your ingenious mind is going to come up with.
CLARICE PRICE THOMAS