"Hey Melissa, I have been sourcing tools from Otto Frei in the US for the Monash Studio. They have a great range of European made as well as US made tools. The Pepe (US) disc cutters are the best I have used, really well designed and made and very…"
"Thanks Mary. The size just about blew me away as well. It is the largest vessel that I have made and I don't think I'll be going back there in a hurry. A lot of recovery time required after that one. It was also essential to work with an…"
I am a contemporary silversmith. The spatial proximity of vessels one to another and the articulated relationship between objects is the focus of my work. However, the vessel’s explicit and implicit function as a container allows the metaphor to be carried through. The vessel holds within its being - Space, Time and Locus. In this way a group of vessels create a formation, a stand, or an outcrop: distinctness in the midst of homogeneous space.
The nature of the vessel as an object instantly creates a dialogue between interior and exterior. It brings into question the role the vessel plays in containing space. Its thin wall membrane distinguishes inner space and separates it from outer space. Each distinct vessel object contains space but when in relation to other vessels these interconnected spaces become place.
These groups of objects are landscapes made up of individual vessels arranged in relation to each other. I use traditional silver-smithing methods to make the forms but the formal rules are not entirely adhered to. Boundaries are pushed; limits are explored in order to allow the material to have its own say. During the time that form is being established wrinkles appear. Sometimes these wrinkles progress into cracks. The process takes on an organic growth. Metal surface takes on the appearance of skin or bark; a cast alloy takes on the appearance of stone.