Three of us from the studio went along to Raewyn’s exhibition opening last night – and the piece below was being worn by one of the gallery staff. I coveted it! Pop along and see her work if you can…
Pieces From the KIngsland Hoard
Wed, 27 Mar 13 – Sat, 20 Apr 13
Masterworks Gallery Ponsonby
‘Circa 2012 – 2013’. Auckland jeweller Raewyn Walsh will be showing a selection of her latest creations, beautifully crafted necklaces in their most simplistic form.
Raewyn likes to use traditional jewellery making and silversmithing techniques. Methods such as raising, chasing and repousse help create her collection. Her reference to the vessel is a feature of her pieces where it represents both form and formlessness.
Raewyn Walsh graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) in 2009 and has work held in the collections of The James Wallace Arts Trust and Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne. Raewyn was also the 2011 prize winner of the Objective Art Awards.
The jewellery I make investigates the attachments we have to physical things. I am interested in the ideas that surround the collection, possession, ownership and function, and the subsequent associations these themes have with time and memory.
I like to use traditional jewellery making and silversmithing techniques such as raising, chasing and repousse and, in doing so, aim to retain the craft memory in a contemporary context. I use the vessel as a reference point because it represents both form and formlessness.
Recently I have focused on the silver tea service which is already loaded with ancestral history and familial belonging. This body of work, Lineage, I have set my sights on the vessel accoutrements: those parts that are added on but which also define the use and function of the vessel. Here the teapot spout is recast as a brooch and spoon handles become pendants that are long enough to be held.