Pamela Ritchie is an artist-jeweler based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her studies include an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and postgraduate research work in Norway supported by a scholarship from the Norwegian Government.
Ritchie’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows spanning three decades, throughout North America, Australia, Japan, Korea and Europe, and has regularly been featured in catalogues and periodicals. Major institutional collectors include the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway; and the Nova Scotia Art Bank.
As an advocate for Canadian jewellery, she has lectured in Canada, England, USA, and Korea, and served as the Canadian advisor for several European exhibitions, including Jugend Gestaltet; Ornamenta I; Schmuckszene; and Schmuck. In addition to her art practice, Pamela Ritchie is currently Professor of Jewellery and Chair of Craft at NSCAD University, in Halifax.
Pamela Ritchie creates jewellery that links past and present, and that relates to both mythology and personal identity. Following postgraduate research work in Norway, she received her MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, where she is currently a professor of jewellery.
Her work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, forms, and patterns can be encapsulated in very small objects.