Metalsmith

Juliette Bigley

Metalsmith

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TABLE


(2.5m x 1.2m x 1.5m, mixed metals and Richlite, 2018)


TABLE is a stylised interpretation of a table at the end of a meal, representing a moment  - or an interruption - in time where individuals come together. The pieces are abstracted from the vessels left on the table, where the activity of eating is done but the meal is not yet over and the rituals of conversation (or communion) are still at play: it is as if the flow of time is paused and a snapshot is taken. Drawing on the traditions of still life and silversmithing, the objects are made from mixed metals: patinated copper, brass, nickel silver, steel and silver. They are characterised by the matt finish, clean lines and minimalist forms that typify my work. This piece presents the table as a threshold at which our tangible and intangible experiences of living in the world meet for a moment: where a landscape that incorporates the participants, their thoughts, emotions and experiences is created alongside the objects and the layers of symbolism in which the table-as-landscape is wrapped.



Table was commissioned for Collect Open 2018, part of Collect, the Craft Council's International Fair for Contemporary Objects. It was generously funded with a grant from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Programme.

Developing TABLE

Images from the development of TABLE. I developed and modelled each piece in paper before making a whole model scaled down to 1/15 of the actual scale - the objects in the background will give you an idea of scale.

These were then rendered to give a sense of the final piece.


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Making TABLE

TABLE was made by hand over a 4 month period between October 2017 and January 2018. Here are a selection of images taken during the process. Image credits to Nicola Tree and The Goldsmiths' Company.


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Photographing TABLE

This is the largest piece I have photographed to date and there are substantial logistics involved from finding an appropriate space and delivered the work to managing the lighting and backdrop. I again worked with the talented Nicola Tree. We spend most of the cold January day working outside, shooting through the doors with the work nice and warm inside!


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