Jenny Hutton

Jenny Hutton

Senior Lecturer


I teach on the Jewellery, Materials and Design Course at Sheffield Hallam University. I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also teach on our collaborative course at the Hong Kong Design Institute. Critical and theoretical perspectives inform my research agendas which are multifaceted and explore both jewellery practice and art and design pedagogy. My current research explores how people give agency to objects and how people build narrative identities.


I have worked in a diverse range of materials and use a range of processes. My research projects are practice-led. Previously I explored the role of objects in interpersonal communications from the perspective of my jewellery making practice. My research took into account theories of emotion that recognised our motivations for sharing experience in order to develop a sense of self.

I have published within the field of Design and Emotion and at Asian Design Conferences. These experiences have continually informed my teaching career. Working with diverse student cohorts and across a range of Art and Design disciplines: I have always used object -based methods to stimulate communication and elicit narratives. These approaches have supported students in finding their creative voice and developing their visual language.

Continuing this interest my current research looks at displacement on a micro and macro level considering how jewellery objects can express, inform and support narrative identities and empower individuals. I am using the making of critical jewellery artefacts to elicit discussion and explore identity and displacement. As an advisor for the Journal of Jewellery Research I support the critical framing of the discipline.

Specialist areas of interest

Narrative identity
Sense of Self
Objects and Agency
Art and Design Education


Department of Art and Design

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Interior Architecture, Product and Jewellery Design.

BA (Hons) Jewellery, Materials and Design

MA/MFA Design


Graduation Projects: Jewellery, Materials and Design, Materials, Meaning and Making, Creative Enterprise, Creative Strategies, Technologies and Processes


Conference papers

Hutton, J., & Press, M. (2003). Heartfelt - The possibilities for physical objects to act as mediators in emotional exchange and implicationsfor the design process. In 6th Asian Design Conference, Tsukuba, Japan, 14 October 2003 - 17 October 2003.

Book chapters

Hutton, J., & Wallace, J. (2004). Making Sense : Using an experimental tool to explore the communication of jewellery published inDesign and Emotion the Experience of Everyday Things. Edited by Deana Mc Donagh, Paul hekkert, Jeroen Van Erp, Diane Gyi. In McDonagh, D., Hekkert, P., Van Erp, J., & Gyi, D. (Eds.) Design and Emotion : the experience of everyday things. (pp. 144-149). London and New York: Taylor and Francis:

Other activities

Advisor for Journal of Jewellery Research.

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