Maya Selway crafts timeless pieces of jewellery that are both understated yet compelling in their delicate lines and textural detailing. Inspired by the enduring, cyclical nature of the world around her, Maya works intuitively - using a palette of tonal golds and naturally coloured precious stones.
With an eye for restrained detail, intriguing in its intricacy, Maya Selway uses unconventional techniques such as gold dust fusing to create luxurious, enduring jewellery that transcends time and passing trends. Born in 1977 to a poet and an artist, Maya grew up in a distinctly creative atmosphere; she was also influenced early on by her jeweller grandmother. In 1997, Maya attended Camberwell College of Art where she gained a BA in Silversmithing and Metalwork. Following this, she worked as a freelance prop maker with the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. In 2004, she attended Bishopsland and completed a year’s silversmithing and jewellery residency before spending two further years in Sheffield at the Yorkshire Art Space. In 2008 she set up her first workshop at Cockpit Arts in London. This year Maya also undertook a series of masterclasses in Italy with jewellery guru Giovanni Corvaja.
Maya undertakes commissions using the same palette of materials that she uses in her main collections. Diamond colours include champagne, cognac, dusty-pink, yellow and white; and cuts and sizes can be tailored. Deep red Burmese rubies, Ceylon blue sapphires and other richly coloured stones may nestle alongside Maya's signature earthy tones. Gold options are white, rose and yellow.
Past Exhibitions, selected
2010 - 2014, Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
2011 - 2012, Inhorgenta, Munich
2011 - 2012, New York International Gift Fair, New York
Portrait Photograph by Inge Clemente
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York has launched the ‘Trace Collection’ a series of delicate design objects based on Maya’s silverwork. A vase and candlestick resemble interrupted drawings brought to life - reflecting Maya’s deep rooted fascination with prop design and pared back aesthetic. The new collection is sold through MoMA worldwide.