Mari Thomas is a Welsh contemporary designer jeweller who established her first workshop in 1998. During her career she has won numerous design awards including the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and is listed in the prestigious who’s who directory of leading jewellery designers on the Goldsmiths Company web site. In recognition for her contribution to the arts in Wales she recently received an honorary fellowship from the University of Wales Trinity St David.
Recognition of her successes has resulted in many prestigious commissions by some of the leading Welsh cultural institutions such as BBC Wales, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, National Library of Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union. Mari has also made the Urdd Eisteddfod crown and two National Eisteddfod of Wales crowns.
She has designed and delivered several pieces for many well known personalities including HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince William, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Ioan Gruffudd, Sian Loyd, Aled Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the leading Welsh Male voice choir, Only Men Aloud their MD Tim Rhys-Evans.
Her jewellery has appeared on the pages of Vogue, Tatler and Hello. She exhibited nationally and internationally including London, Tokyo and New York.
Mari Thomas opened the doors of her gallery and workshop in Llandeilo in September 2012 and continues to be enthused by her passion for the design of contemporary jewellery, drawing heavily on her Welsh heritage.