Gail Klevan is an internationally renowned artist and jeweller and is one of the foremost jewellery designer/makers working in acrylic.
Gail took her first degree in Wood, Metal and Ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic in 1981. She won a full bursary from the Royal College of Art for a Master's Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery, and was awarded her M.A. in 1985. Her degree show contained a range of jewellery, fabrics, furniture and lighting, and while at the college she won the 1983 Bakri Award. In 1995 she won the Jewellery Award at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. She has lectured at the Central School of Art, and has acted as External Assessor for jewellery courses at Harrow College of Art (1990).
She has exhibited all over the world (Au Printemps (Paris), Barbican Jewellery Exhibition, Liberty, Top 5 Craft Artists (British Council – Japan), The Chelsea Crafts Fair 1985-93, Classic Plastics(Craze Gallery), Goldsmiths' Hall, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1991 British Council Sogo Store Japan, 1991 From Paper to Platinum (Craze), Itami Museum ,Japan, Today’s Jewels (Craze Gallery), National Trust Shops, 1995 Walker Art Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Oxford Gallery, 1998 The Chelsea Crafts Fair, Hill House (Rennie Mackintosh NT), 2000 SOFA Chicago (Craze Gallery), Jewels for 2000 (Craze Gallery), 2001 Plastics (Geffrye Museum), 2006 Origin, 2007-10 Bovey Tracey Contemporary Crafts Fair, 2008 Architecture Centre Bristol, 2008 50@BDC (Bluecoat), Dazzle (since 1985), 2009 Origin, and Desire.
In 2019 Gail was invited to show at the annual “Loot - Mad about Jewellery” exhibition at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, New York.
Today Gail’s work can be found at leading craft and jewellery galleries and online.
Some of Gail's designs have been purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Saatchi Collection, National Galleries of Scotland and National Galleries on Merseyside. Gail’s work has also been listed in Judith Miller’s Collectables Guide.
Gail has been active in export, and has sold jewellery in Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, France, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Singapore, and the USA. Her work was selected by the Design Council and shown in "Design Magazine". Gail's designs have been featured in the national press, including the Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, The Mail on Sunday, Elle, Vogue, Country Living, Harpers & Queen, and have appeared on TV in the BBC crafts programme "Hand-Made", a half-hour feature on Japan’s Fuji TV, and several TV advertisements. Her work has also been discussed in Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. In 2004 her work was worn by Emma Thompson in the film “Love Actually” and in 2006 Gail was the subject of two BBC training documentaries. She has been a top-seller at the London, Glasgow and Edinburgh Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery exhibitions for many years. She was also selected to supply jewellery for Roland Klein’s Summer collection at the British Fashion Week.