Current Exhibitions

SLICE: Biodigital Jewellery by Paul McClure (September 5 - October 4, 2020)

Brooched by Paul McClure

September 5 - October 4, 2020
Reception by Appointment: Sat, Sept. 12, 11am-3pm & Sun, Sept. 13, 2-6pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’re limiting the number of guests onsite at a time to 4 and implementing a reception-by-appointment model. Please click here to book your reception appointment. The artist will be present throughout the reception periods.


'Slice' is a collection of jewellery expressing my fascination with the microscopic realm of the human body. Abstract forms refer to bacteria, viruses, cells and their structures within us. As these invisible but universal components come to define us, they also acquire cultural meaning independent of their biological definition. The highly aestheticized microscopic imagery and cutaway diagrams from popular science are particular sources of inspiration for this work: geometric forms, graphic patterns and vibrant colours. The forms are “digitally handmade” using a combination of computer modelling and 3D printing technologies with traditional metalworking techniques of forming, fabricating and finishing. Slicing through these forms reveals surprising and pleasing sections and patterns. However, the slice, like a microbe itself, exposes tensions between the benevolent and sinister, the beautiful and ugly, the fascinating and fearful.

– Paul McClure


Paul McClure is an Irish-Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Canadian Museum of History; Design Museum of Barcelona; and National Museums Scotland. McClure graduated from NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada (BFA, 1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain (1990); and National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (MA, 1999). He is professor and department head for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.

Paul is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montréal, Canada.


The artist gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council, Birmingham City University and George Brown College.

Craft Ontario exhibitions are supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.




Image: Paul McClure. 'Slice' brooches, 2020. Nylon, stainless steel. Approx. 8 x 4 cm each. Photo: Digital by Design.


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