It's been a few months since Tomasz brought his amazing modern gemset jewellery to QVC, so we caught up with him before his upcoming shows on Friday 14th January to find out how he's enjoying working with QVC, his inspirations and his favourite designs…
Working with QVC
My experiences with QVC are very positive. Working along side a great team there allows me to design and create pieces that are affordable but maintain a strong element of design.
It's a fantastic feeling to see my jewellery being bought while I give explanations and an insight into the designs. I must also say that the QVC presenters are brilliant and make the airing time a casual chat where you forget that you are on TV.
I came to London at the age of 18 and did my foundation course in art at Central Saint Martins. Back in Vienna where I grew up I was always drawn towards art hence I wanted to study something in the world of arts.
In Vienna I did lots of painting and installations and never thought I would become a jeweller. At Central Saint Martins I decided to focus on jewellery since I have been told by my tutors that I was particularly good at it. I went on to do my BA and then straight afterwards my masters at The Royal College of Art.
At the end of my studies I was spotted by Stephen Webster who I continued to work for just under a year. Today I freelance for major jewellery houses but also design and market my own jewellery line.
Inspirations and influences
I draw my inspiration from everything; sculpture, architecture, literature or even furniture. Take for example my Chesterfield Bangle, which is inspired by classic Chesterfield sofas.
I love to design and get inspired by animals. But inspiration will come from my themes. My high end cocktail ring collection called 4 Elements, is inspired by old paintings that hang in the National Portrait Gallery and Old Masters of paintings that portray the four elements with fish covered tables and so on.
My 4 Elements collection is represented by mythological creatures. The phoenix ring represents fire, the snakes represent Medusa's hair who on the other hand represents earth. I love story-telling so my collections always have a narrative and are mysterious and make a great talking piece.
My favourite designs
I think one of my favourite pieces is coming out soon. It's based on honeycomb shapes. Make sure you tune in on Friday (14th January) as I shall definitely mention on air that its one of my favourites!
I must add to my favourites list the earrings and pendants where the stones seem to be floating in a diamond-shaped frame. Otherwise I love the classic Chesterfield-based designs with garnets and diamonds.
Tune in for Gem Designs by Tomasz Donocik at 1pm on Friday 14th January