Wendy Ramshaw was born in Sunderland in 1939. She studied Illustration and Fabric Design at Newcastle-upon-Tyne College of Art and Industrial Design at Reading University (1960-61). She then undertook an MA at Central Saint Martins, London (1969). Wendy Ramshaw currently lives and works in London.
Wendy Ramshaw was made Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1972. A year later she was named a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the first two women to be admitted to the guild's ranks, and in 1986 she was made a Lady Liveryman. In acknowledgement of her services to the arts, Wendy Ramshaw was awarded the OBE in 1993.
Her work has been shown at: Abbot Hall Gallery; Art Gallery Of South Australia; Art Gallery Of Western Australia; Australian National Gallery; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Broadfield House Glass Museum; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute; The Corning Museum Of Glass; The Crafts Council; Helen Williams Drutt Collection Of Modern Jewellery; Kundstindustrimuseet; Liverpool Museum & Walker Art Gallery; Musëe Des Arts Décoratifs; Museum Of Modern Art, Kyoto; Museum Fur Kunst Und Gewerbe; National Gallery Of Victoria; National Museum Of Wales; Die Neue Sammlung; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseet; Philadelphia Museum Of Art; Powerhouse; Princessehof Museum; Royal Scottish Museum; Schmuckmuseum; Science Museum; Stedelijk Museum; V&A amongst many others.
Her signature works are sets of rings, abstract pieces in precious metals and gems. Often displayed on perspex ring-stands which are exquisitely sculptural and when enlarged become works of great presence and beauty. Her designs are based in geometry: with particular focus on circles and squares. She elaborates on these time and again to achieve compositions that are extremely complex. She has said that her work is about complication and how far you can push an idea. Ramshaw constantly researches and experiments, finding new materials and extending her sculptural vocabulary. In working more recently on a large scale, her imagery complements architecture and interiors, as her jewellery dresses the human body.