Jane Bowden at Zu Design, Photographer Jonathan VDK

Jane Bowden

Jewellery, Metal, Wearables, Teaching, Accessories

Designer-maker Jane Bowden has been crafting exquisite jewellery and objects for over 20 years. She often employs a weaving technique in her metalwork and the resulting pieces are delicately refined and expertly resolved, reflecting her method-driven approach. While Bowden begins with a rough sketch, inspiration ultimately comes from the material’s organic nature, because as she explains, “Sometimes I really feel like the metal shows me what to do”.

Private commissions are a big part of Bowden’s practice and she especially enjoys listening to her clients’ stories and sharing their important life moments in order to meet the brief. While she continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally, she is also the current owner of Zu design – jewellery + objects in Adelaide’s Gays Arcade, which houses her studio, as well as a gallery and retail space. Her work has been featured in a number of high-end craft and design publications and is represented in private and public collections.



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Jane Bowden - Zu design

Jane Bowden - Zu design

102G Gay's Arcade
Adelaide 5000
South Australia Australia
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+61 8 8 8224 0433


Opening hours
Monday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 10.00am - 6.30pm
Saturday: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Open by appointment

Please phone to make an appointment outside of opening hours


Solo Exhibitions

2009, Wrapped, Metalab, 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, Australia
2004, circle work, Zu design - jewellery + objects, Adelaide, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2015, …randomnice, oneofftwo contemporary jewellery exhibition, Dore Stockhausen and Marcus Foley gallery, Nungurner, Australia
2014, A Fine Possession - jewellery & identity, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
2011, Love Lace, Bangle for May, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
2008, Momentum: 18th Tamworth Textiles Biennial National touring exhibition
2008, co[ ]ect, Australian Contemporary exhibit of distinctive tea wares, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


1987-1990, Bachelor of Design, University of South Australia


Art Gallery of South Australia
Private collections



06 Jun 2016

Thanks to Adelady, for including me in their Adelaide artists section. See the link below to read the article.

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