Author(s): Tony Williams; Emma Neale; Rigel Sorzano
Arguably one of the finest jewellers and goldsmiths working in New Zealand, Tony Williams has both expanded and enhanced New Zealand jewellery-making over the past 40 years. From exquisite dragonfly brooches to a jewelled serpent eating its tail, from exotic butterflies to bold necklaces, elegant earrings and magnificent rings, here is an original artistic mind at work. He has not pandered to fashions or trends and has not succumbed to the conventions of either `traditional jewellery¿ or of `contemporary jewellery¿. ¿ Kobi Bosshard Tony Williams Goldsmith explores the jeweller¿s inspired career starting with his training in Birmingham and culminating with the triumph of his Dunedin-based gallery, and is graced throughout with images of Williams¿ most stunning and unique pieces; pieces that reveal a playful, dazzling brilliance brought about by masterful craftsmanship. The book features an insightful essay covering the arc of Williams¿ career by award-winning novelist Emma Neale, along with an essay by art critic Rigel Sorzano. Also showcased are photographs of Williams¿ specialist enamel work including a series capturing the making of an enamelled dragon brooch. Sumptuously illustrated, Tony Williams Goldsmith celebrates the creativity, skill and imaginative vision of an artisan who follows his own pathway.