About

May Hofman in studio by clare jackson 

Rosie May Hofman has always been drawn to take a closer look - from the necklace around her Mother’s neck to her Grandparents’ silver ornaments. Through an enriched childhood spent in rural Gloucestershire; building dens, collecting shells, leaf skeletons, and seed-cases; a love for all things small, beautiful, and intricate grew.

Rosie studied HND Jewellery Design and Silversmithing & BA Design For Industry at Birmingham School of Jewellery and her work has been recognised for multiple awards and achievements.

From her home workshop in Stroud, May Hofman designs each component in her collections through sketching and traditional craftsmanship, alongside modern techniques such as 3D design and casting. Blending the two allows Rosie to play with possibilities and add intricate detail, capturing an ancient yet modern quality in each piece. Originally inspired by the mechanics of nature, the designs have evolved into geometric and playful creations taking onboard a tapestry of influences. Using an infusion of gold and oxidised silver alongside tactile components the signature mechanical style is achieved.

She sees the almost instinctive need for expression through metal taps into deep-seated human desires of connection and understanding. There is so much that we can learn about our ancient ancestors from what they left behind - and equally, the jewellery we have today will go on to tell stories about our lives, once we are gone. 

 Today’s overarching story is the environment: what we are doing to protect our ecosystems and resources to ensure that our race will live on. That fact hit Rosie hard and sustainability has become a duty and a necessity, not a nice-to-have. Her daily mission is to channel eco-anxiety and environmental fears into May Hofman - to make it a positive force for change and inspiration.

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May Hofman Jewellery at IJL with Kickstarters 2014
 May Hofman Jewellery AKA Rosie May Jewellery Awards

Awards and Qualifications

-HND in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing at Birmingham School of Jewellery  2008-2009
-BA Design for Industry at  Birmingham School of Jewellery  2010-2011
-Hot house program with the Craft Council 2013
-Winner of Hot 100 2015 
-Finalist for 'New designer: The UK Retail Jeweller Watch & Jewellery Award' July 2014
-KickStarter @ Olympia London 2014
-Shortlisted for Cockpits Arts Clear Insurance Award 2013
-Winner of The Honorable Company of Gloucestershire Jubilee Crafts Award, 2012
-Winner of Simon Green Award supported by Charles Green Ltd, Birmingham, 2011
Frome independent market

Exhibitions and Markets

FROME INDEPENDENT MARKET, Frome, First Sunday of every month from April 2018-Oct 2020
CRAFTY FOX, London, Feb 2020
STROUD FARMERS MARKET, Last Saturday of every month, 2020
CRAFTY FOX, LONDON, Nov 2018
BATH ARTISAN MARKET, Bath, First Saturday of every month 2018
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2018
FROME  INDEPENDENT MARKET, Frome, First Sunday of every one from April 2018-Oct 2018. 
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET, 24th, 25th Nov / 2nd Dec / 23rd Dec 2017
STROUD CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET, 22nd Dec 2017, Cornhill Square
THE CLOCK HOUSE STUDIO POP UP, 15th / 16th Dec 2017
WILD BOAR: A CURIOUS CHRISTMAS 1st -3rd Dec 2017,  Centre of Science & Art, Landsdown, Stroud
ETHICAL CHRISTMAS POP UP,  30th Nov 2017, Honiton, Exeter
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE MARKET 2nd Nov 2017
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE MARKET 24TH -25TH Nov 2017
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Nov 2017
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2017 
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Oct 2017
NEWBURY ARTISIAN MARKET, Newbury, 24th Sept 
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Sept 2017
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, August 2017 
SVA OPEN STUDIOS @ Clock House Studios, May 2017 
TOP DRAWER spring / summer @london, Jan 2017  
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2016
SVA WONDERLAND MARKET, Dec 2016
THE LONDON ARTISAN @ Old Truman Brewery, Feb 2016
MADE IN CLERKENWELL @ Craft Central, Nov 2015
THE LONDON ARTISAN @ Old Truman Brewery, Oct 2015. 
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2015
COMPLETE PARTS @DRAFTspace, New York 11-14 June 2015 
SPITALFIELDS Market, June 2015
DRAFTspace, Complete Parts, 3/7 June 2015
IJL KickStart @ Olympia London, 31/2 Sept 2014
CLUSTER Jewellery Exhibition @ craft Central, Clerkenwell: 3/7 June 2014
FLOW SHOW @Hackney, London, January 2014
MADE Brighton, 21/24 November 2013
MADE London,  25/27 October 2013
CHOSEN WEDDING FAIR @ Goldhouse, Novemeber 2013
MADE BRISTOL Pop up shop @ Quakers Friars, Bristol 2012
Treasures of Gloucestershire @ Prinknash Abbey 2012
New Designers @ London 2011
Final Design for Industry Exhibition @ Birmingham School of Jewellery 2011
Final HND Exhibition @ Birmingham School of Jewellery 2010