Metalsmith

Juliette Bigley

Metalsmith

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Vessels, Sterling Silver and patinated base metal, 2016

Artist's Statement

Our lives are lived through and brightened by the objects with which we surround ourselves and which frame our exchanges with the world we inhabit: the characters of and our interactions with these objects are the basis of my work as a metalsmith.


Working in base and precious metals, I use the vessel-form as a canvas on which to explore how we experience our emotional and physical place in the world and how we negotiate the interface between the physical world that surrounds us and the intangible worlds of emotion, belief, thought, language and memory. Focussing particularly on lines and thresholds, my vessels explore notions of function and emerge from the context of the domestic – one of the stages on which we play out our lives - the rituals that characterise it and our interactions with it.


Beginning with a flat sheet of metal, I use a range of techniques including raising and fabrication to hand-make my pieces. All of my pieces are unique, or are unique pieces from within a series, sometimes taking the form of individual pieces, sometimes as pairs and often as groups that can be arranged and rearranged to create different narratives.