Alice McLean (MA RCA 2012) is a London-based jewellery artist who explores the expressive power of materials through process and transformation. She constructs jewellery, objects and films that challenge assumptions of what a material is used for, thereby subverting its traditional meaning. Her work ultimately addresses the notion of value in the realm of precious metals and jewellery.

Alice is a co-founder of Making Enhanced, a collective of designers and historians interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration. Their inaugural show was at Collect Open 2015, Saatchi Gallery. 


Selected Exhibitions


Making Enhanced WIP, COLLECT Open 2015, Saatchi Gallery, London
High Noon, L Store Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2015 Beijing International Jewellery Art Biennial, Beijing, China


Light Reflections, Mint Gallery, London
Stand and See, Wimbledon Space, London
Gallery Deux Poisson, Tokyo, Japan


Christmas showcase, Concept Store, Selfridges, London
Shine, Goldsmiths Centre for London Design Festival, London
2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial, Beijing, China
Porte Bonheur (prize winners exhibition), Vicenza, Italy


'Not your usual Christmas', Concept Store, Selfridges, London
International Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Njmegen, Holland
RCA Show 2012, Royal College of Art, London
RCA Paradise, Lambrate, Milan
RCA Work in Progress Show, London
Give and Take, Galerie Marzee, Njmegen, Holland


2010-2012 Royal College of Art, MA Jewellery and Metalwork

2007-2010 Falmouth University, BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts


Awards and Residencies

2016 a-n Professional Development Bursary for a 'gemstone carving' course with Charlotte De Syllas

2013-2014 Artist in residence at Camberwell College of Arts - UAL

2013 3rd Prize Next Generation Jewellery Talent Contest, Vicenza, Italy

2013 Crafts Council Hot House - Maker Development programme