Juliette Bigley

Metalsmith

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Sculptural Bowls

The bowl is an archetypal form - one of the earliest forms of vessel and one that has hardly changed in thousands or years, we can make it by placing our hands together and it remains the simplest, and most enduring, form of container.


This work explores the bowl in sculptural form.


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Balancing Bowls

Balancing Bowls juxtapose forms, materials and notions of solidity and function. They are secured to the base but can also move and rock slightly.


Sterling Silver and patinated base metal, from 250x200x300mm, 2016

Four Bowls

Fours Bowls explores the bowl form and particularly notions of inside and outside. The bowls are hollow, but appear solid and are patinated a rich, deep brown. One piece – the outline piece – stands apart from the others, appearing to be lit from the inside. The overall piece is formed both by the relationship of the lines and thresholds within each bowl and in the relationship of lines and thresholds between the pieces. The piece is wholly sculptural but draws on the notions of familiarity and comfort that the bowl in its traditional form evokes.


Patinated Base Metal, 220x40x220mm each, 2015

Seven Bowls

Seven Bowls is a sculpture consisting of bowl forms on bases that can be arranged and rearranged in countless compositions. Fabricated from patinated base metal and sterling silver, the piece references many different types of bowl - from shallow and open to almost fully closed and draws on the bowl as archetypal form. The upward parts articulate the curve of the bowl whilst the rim of the bowl is extracted to become the base on which the bowls sit.


Patinated Base Metal and Sterling Silver, 1m sq approx, 2015

Outline Bowls

Outline Bowls reduces the form of the bowl to its most basic form - a curve which, whilst remaining simple is immediately recognisable as a bowl form. Each sterling silver outline has an insert in 18ct gold - one in wire and one in sheet - that hints at the holding space associated with the bowl and sits on the threshold that crosses between inside and outside.


Sterling Silver and 18ct Gold, 300x40x300mm each, 2015

A Bowl for Fruit

A Bowl for Fruit sits on the boundary of sculpture and function, using the weight of the fruit to balance the bowl and draw it into equilibrium, with each different piece of fruit being placed slightly differently. The piece uses the basic curve, or outline of the bowl but then goes on to explore different notions of inside and outside with the hollow centre remaining empty even when the piece is holding fruit.


The piece is fabricated from Sterling Silver and is hand finished with a linear matt finish.


Sterling Silver, 230x80x170mm, 2015

Two Bowls

Commissioned for the Contemporary British Silversmiths and Victoria and Albert Museum's 'Silver Speaks: Idea to Object' exhibition, exhibited at the V and A 2016-2017.


Sterling Silver, 220x40x220mm each

A Bowl for Three Apples

A Bowl for Three Apples plays with two aspects of the bowl: the curve of the bowl and the line of the rim, rearranging the bowl into a silhouette (in sterling silver) and the rim into the straight line (made of patinated mild steel). This composition moves the space in which the bowl contains from a wholly internal space – inside both the body of the bowl and the rim - to an external space that unfurls along the line base, bisecting the form that becomes the idea of the bowl. Both functional and sculptural, this piece also draws on the still life tradition in which everyday objects become vehicles for symbolic expression.

Sterling Silver and Patinated Mild Steel, 300x150x400mm, 2015