11th – 14th December 2015: FLUX 2 Exhibition, Royal College of Arts, Kensington, London, SW7 2EU, UK (10th & 13th December 2015 Private Views)
“Being accepted to exhibit at The Royal College of Art, London was an invigorating experience for my work and passions towards my work. The gallery has been a long term goal to exhibit in, with the news of its closure I count it as a blessing that I was able to exhibit there. It re-ignited my confidence for my metal clay work and I have taken a step forward to ‘go big’, as Lisa Gray said at Flux.”
About my work: What is metal clay and what work do you create from that medium?
“Metal clay is an exciting art medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze or copper which is mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal within it. The binder burns away, leaving a pure sintered or solid piece of metal.
Due to my life-long passion of clay and sculpture, I expanded my work in 2012 to use the exciting medium of silver, copper and bronze metal clay, in concert with my ‘Landscape Moods’ series of paintings. Metal clay allows me to sculpt work in a free form and expressive manner, allowing me to create a wide range of sculptural metal jewellery and this has been titled the ‘Landscape Gems’ series.
My metal clay work has enabled me to indulge my love of sparkle and genuine precious and semi-precious gemstones in both facetted and bead form. I personally source all the gemstones I use, which include: Diamonds sourced via the ‘Kimberley Process’ (facetted and rough), Ruby, Garnet, Emerald (Brazilian and Columbian) and my personal favourite gemstone which is Paraiba Tourmaline (from Mozambique). I have called this series of jewellery the ‘Landscape Gems ‘ series which is sculptural and organic which are designed with a range of media, including: high quality 100% genuine gemstones, gemstone granules, gleams, mica powder, solid silver, enamel and recycled elements such as vintage watch parts. I additionally incorporate media such as metal sheets, gemstone settings, wire, beading thread, metal findings, charms and polymer clay. Each of these mediums provides me the opportunity to further develop and enhance the beauty in each piece of jewellery in this series. By combining all these elements it, therefore, enhances the unique fingerprint of Mother Nature found within all genuine gemstones featured. My artwork and jewellery both explore colour and form and I feel that one informs the other. Metal clay is such an exciting progression and this medium allows me to further explore my distinct signature painting style within a three-dimensional framework.
Both mediums explore colour and form and I feel that one informs the other. I have always had the desire to explore new techniques and mediums I come across, which is why my work has and always will be progressing.”
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