Previous AA2A Artist
My main aim would be to explore working on a bigger scale in metal. Since leaving University I spent a year working for the jeweller Disa Allsopp in her studios in central London and then a year working alone and developing my jewellery designs in my studio in Powys.
During my degree my focus was on making larger objects and I miss working to that scale. I have now got to the point that I feel I need access to more equipment in order to expand my designs in new directions. The main techniques I would be interested in are forging and enamelling.
Having spent a year working alone I feel I have learnt a great deal, but I have now taken on various other projects which include developing a gallery space with artists studios and a café in Presteigne and am now joint co-ordinator of Sheep Music Festival 2009. Therefore, I feel it is important that I make space and time to continue my creative work.
This opportunity would help to structure my time and give me focus while these other projects are going on. I know I work well amongst other makers and enjoy the interactions that can evolve over a period of time when surrounded by creative people and would be excited to be part of an active and vibrant atmosphere again. The use of different equipment and materials at this stage could help me realise exciting ideas that I want to develop. I would want to get to the point by the end of the access period, where I have a collection of work that is both sculptural and functional. I am keen to become a more confident metal worker; producing works that I feel represent me.
'Andean Opal Ring'