Born in the Highlands of Scotland, Fraser Hamilton studied silversmithing and jewellery at The Glasgow School of Art, Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Tokyo and finally the RCA in London. Casting elements of the human form in precious metal, he uses the body as landscape, playing with our cognitive understanding of scale to create monolithic sculptures in miniature, that simultaneously channel antiquity and popular culture. Often clutching uncommon cuts of precious gems, the hand, a symbol of creation and discovery, is a recurring motif within the designs.
Carved from wax and then cast in gold and silver, Fraser's signature collections feature the sunken signet rings, Reclining Nude rings, Hand pendants and rings as well as his more recent mask pendants. The iteration of the hand has the twin narratives of heartfelt, sentimental gesture and allegorical discovery of the precious, with the gem within the sunken signet, seemingly in the process of being dug from the ground. With a medieval, almost pagan grittiness, Fraser's jewellery, layered with symbolism and meaning, form an intriguing collection of contemporary totems.