Stephen Bottomley is Programme Director of the Jewellery and Silversmithing - BA (Hons) and Jewellery - MFA programmes. He is also the School of Design's Postgraduate Research Director.
A jewellery designer and maker, he exhibits his work internationally and has work in several national collections (National Museums of Scotland, The South East Arts Crafts Collection, The British Museum and Royal College of Art, London).
Stephen trained at the Royal College of Art (MPhil RCA 1999-2001) and the University of Brighton (MA 1996-98) including a period at Rhode Island School of Design (USA 1998) and West Surrey College of Art and Design in Surrey (BA Hons 3D-Design metals 1986-89).
Stephen has lectured at Hastings College of Art (1991-2004) with several concurrent later years (2000- 2004) at the University of Brighton and the Surrey Institute of Design (now UCCA), he relocated to Sheffield as course leader of Metalwork and Jewellery Sheffield Hallam University (2004-08).
Stephen’s research reflects his passion for precious metal and enamelled jewellery and a fascination for an emerging digital age combined with a minimalist modernist aesthetic. Clarity of line, simplicity of form and pattern are all trademarks of his jewellery made with the traditional skills of Goldsmiths interwoven with newer computer-controlled tools of manufacture.
Outputs include inclusion in international juried exhibitions (International Beijing Biennale, China, 2013 - Enamel- A Renaissance - Galerie Handwerk, Munich, 2012 ), research projects and exhibitions with leading museums and galleries (Tech-tile, Solo-show, Museo Fortuny, Venice, Italy + Hove Museum and Art Gallery 2007-2008 , Heat Exchange: Shemer art gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Kunstmuseen der Stadt Erfurt, Galerie Waidspeicher im Kulturhof Krönbacken, Germany: Museum Voor Vlakglas, Ravenstein, The Netherlands 2012 ). In 2012 he was given a Retrospective, Solo exhibition at the Scottish Gallery Edinburgh.
Between the years 2005-2007 he served as the fourth chairman for the national Association for Contemporary Jewellery (ACJ) and has been invited to select work for prestigious international group exhibitions (Gioielleria contemporanea Italiana, Padova, Italy, 2009 and Cominelli Foundation eca exhibition, Cisano di San Felice del Benaco, Italy 2012)
Teaching includes delivering live projects with national jewellery manufacturers and industrial partners, where the students have real experience of designing and working with industry with state of the art technologies.
Stephen chairs the School of Design research group █raft and is a member of the Dada & Surrealism Research Group led by Edinburgh College of Art.