Claire Malet

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Biography:

Education:

  • BA Hons Contemporary Applied Art, 2005, Hereford College of Art
  • Master classes with silversmith Pamela Rawnsley 2010/11

Awards:

  • Goldsmiths' Fair 2014, winner of the Best New Design Award in Week Two, awarded by Jaqueline Gestetner
  • Wesley-Barrell Craft Award 2014, finalist
  • Bishopsland Trust, Silver Bursary, 2011
  • Bishopsland Trust, Maker to Master Bursary, to work with silversmith Pamela Rawnsley, 2010
  • Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, winner, Best Exhibit Award 2007
  • Craft Council, Chelsea Craft Fair, Honorary New Exhibitor 2005
  • Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, winner, New Exhibitor Award 2005

Memberships:

Public Collections and Commissions: 

  • National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London acquired 2014
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Bilston Craft Gallery
  • Commission: New College Oxford 2019
  • Commission: NAJ and BATF, WW1 Commemorative silver commission 2018
  • Commission: P & O Makower Trust, for the contemporary silver collection at the National Museum Wales 2017
  • Commission: Contemporary Art Society and Manchester Art Gallery, for Manchester Art Gallery 2013
  • Commission: Bilston Craft Gallery, vessels for the Craftbox collection

Press coverage: 

  • The Architectural Digest
  • Craft Arts International
  • The Art Investor
  • Luxurious Magazine
  • Period Living
  • CRAFTS
  • The Financial Times
  • Craft & Design
  • The Straits Times
  • Elle Decoration
  • BBC Homes & Antiques

 

Résumé:

2018 - Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future, Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, Venice, Italy 
2018 - West Branch Gallery, Fragile, Vermont, USA
2018 - Blue Coats Display Centre, Relic, Liverpool 
2018 - Collect 2018, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, represented by the Bishopsland 
Craft in the Bay, Melting Point, Cardiff
2017 - Collect 2017, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, represented by the Bishopsland 
2017 - Artrooms 2017, Melia White House, London 
2016 - Contemporary Silver Gallery, Winter Exhibition, Lindfield 
2016 - Contemporary Applied Arts, Making a Winters Tale, London 
2016 - Contemporary British Silversmiths, Silver Speaks: Form, The Goldsmiths' Centre 
2016 - Open Eye Gallery, Gold: Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh
2015 - Collect 2015: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, represented by Bishopsland 
2015 - Bishopsland: The Retrospective, Oxfordshire 
2015 - NMWA: Nature by Design, The Royal Thames Yacht Club, London
2014 & 15 - Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London 
2014 & 15 - The Contemporary Silver Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Lindfield, Sussex
2014 - Manchester City Art Gallery, Sculptural Forms: A Century of Experiment 
2014 - Bishopsland Contemporary Silver at Drapers Hall, London
2013 & 14 - Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, represented by Bicha Gallery 
2013 & 14 - Nina’s House, solo exhibition, London, The Nature of Metal 
2013 - Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea, Main Exhibition II
2013 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Design Collection
2013 - Art Toronto, Represented by Bicha Gallery 
2011 - Art Chicago, represented by Bicha Gallery 
2010 - Royal Society of Birmingham Artists, Birmingham
2010 - Open Eye Gallery, solo exhibition Edinburgh
2010 - The Chelsea Club, Light & Movement, curated by Bicha Gallery 
2010 - The Gallery@Oxo, Line, Form, Colour, curated by Bicha Gallery
2009 - Fusion Gallery, London, ‘Collectables’, curated by Jacqeline Gestetner 
2009 - Bianco Nero, Yorkshire, Steel River 
2009 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Metal
2008 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield. 
2008 - Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouche: ‘Reclaim’ & ‘Heavy Metal’. 
2006 - 08 - Craftspace, touring to Midland Galleries: ‘Made in the Middle.’ 
2008 - FORM, Olympia, London, solo stand. 
2008 - Edinburgh Art Fair, represented by Bowlish Gallery. 
2008 - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 - Art in Action, Oxford, solo stand. 
2006, 07 & 08 - Origin: The London Craft Fair, Somerset House, London, solo stand. 
2007 - Lesley Craze Gallery, London: ‘Look what I found’.
2007 - Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely: ‘Black and White’ 
2007 - Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesley.
2007 - Sara Preisler, Birmingham 
2007 - The Model House, solo exhibition, Llantrisant
2007 - Wesley-Barrell, Bristol.
2007 - dna@FORM, London, Olympia, solo stand.
2006 & 08 - Royal Society of Birmingham Artists, Birmingham. 
2005 - Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham. 
2005, 06 & 07 - Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair, Hereford.
2005 - Chelsea Crafts Fair, London, 
2004 - The Metal Gallery, Mayfair, London. 

Statement:

“I combine strong forms together with complex surface textures and rich colours to create unique sculptural vessels. I work with recycled, non-precious and precious metals; working each piece with forming, chasing and gilding techniques.

 

 

 

“My work is inspired by the rich textures, colours and sculpted shapes of natural forms and landscapes: fragments of sea-worn shells, the rock formations of a battered coastline, a curl of split bark, the dancing light and shadow of woodland. I also draw inspiration directly from the varied natural qualities and characteristics of metal.

 

 

 

“I am very fortunate to live and work surrounded by my subject matter. I spend a good deal of time walking, looking at the landscape and the details within it, the changes through the year. There is an unending source of inspiration.  I have no interest in copying nature, but aim to capture a sense of it, my response to it.  I draw, photograph and collect and often reduce all this information down to abstract elements which then lead to a new work.

 

 

 

“I am fascinated by vessel forms, both organic and manmade. Vessels are one of the most basic and universal of objects, in daily mundane use and playing vital roles at occasions of celebration and honour. My current steel pieces explore the idea of transformation and perceived value, each piece is worked from a reclaimed steel can which is ‘transformed’ into a ‘precious’ vessel.

 

 

 

“I take an experimental approach to working with metal. It is vital to me that the metal is also allowed to suggest a direction, to let the natural qualities of the medium join with my ideas. My work is a fusion of artistic intent and the natural characteristics of the materials. I feel the link that the metal has with the landscape very strongly; the process of growth and decay that has happened to create it. Through my work I try to make this link clear and to celebrate it.”

 

 

 

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Associated Exhibitions

The Weekend with Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
2 June - 18 June, 2016
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