Juliette Bigley

Juliette Bigley

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Juliette Bigley is an artist-silversmith who uses base and precious metals to explore objects, their characters and our relationships to them, especially the ways in which we use objects to structure and explore the world in which we live. Focussing particularly on line and form, her work is both sculptural and functional and has relationships – between people, between people and objects and between objects themselves – at its heart. Based in London, her initial career focussed on classical singing, followed by a number of years in healthcare management undertaking service design for a range of providers. Juliette chanced on her love of metal by accident when a quieter job provided the opportunity to undertake an evening class - and she soon exchanged designing services for designing objects. At The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design she trained as a silversmith under influential makers including Simone ten Hompel, David Clarke and Wayne Meeten, gaining both BA (Hons, First Class) and a research MA (Distinction). Her research interests include our relationship to the objects with which we surround ourselves, and the ways in which we use objects to negotiate our emotional and physical place in the world. Juliette has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally (Ireland, USA, Switzerland, Dubai and Germany) including at Goldsmiths’ Fair, where she received a Special Mention and was selected for the curated sections by both architect Zaha Hadid and former Director or the Serpentine Galleries Julia Peyton-Jones. She was selected by the Design Council as one of their Ones to Watch, a group of designers selected for having the potential to contribute to the future of Britain as a design nation. As well as winning several other awards, she has been featured in, amongst others, CRAFTS Magazine, Craft and Design Magazine, the Evening Standard and the FT’s How to Spend It.

Specialist Techniques:

I work with a number of techniques including raising, spinning, forming and fabrication. All of my work has a hand-applied matt finish that is both very gentle to look at and easy to maintain. The finish is built up using layer upon layer of marks made with a combination specialist and household abrasives. This finish adds character to the work and allows their form to stand out.

Awards:

2015: Honourable Mention, Goldsmiths' Fair Design Council ‘Ones to Watch’, one of 70 designers selected for their potential to contribute to the future of British Design. 2014: Gil Packard Bursary, Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Society of Designer Craftsmen Distinction Award Finalist, New Design Britain Awards 2013 The Cass Award for Excellence (also 2011) Simon Benney Award British Jewellers Association Award for Silversmithing Argex Award for a Body of Work Centrepunch Award for a Body of Work

Education:

2013-2015 MA (Research), Silversmithing: Distinction; The Cass School of Art 2010-2013 BA (Hons) Silversmithing: First Class; The Cass School of Art 2009-2010 BTech Level 1: Distinction; Kensington and Chelsea College I have studied with Simone Ten Hompel, David Clarke, Ruudt Peters, Lucian Taylor, Wayne Meeten, Mark Bloomfield, Kelvin Burke, Linda Robertson, Paul Wells, Abigail Brown, Brian Marshall, Marianne Forrest, Tim Carson, Adi Toch, Elizabeth Auriol Peters, Beaulagh Chapman-Brooks, David Goodwin, William Warren and Penny Davies.

Public Collections:

Irish State Collection, Lucky for One (selection), 2014

Exhibitions:

Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include 2016-17 Design Miami and Design Basel with the Crafts Council International Showcase 2016 Design Days Dubai with the Crafts Council Meister der Moderne, Handwerkmesse, Munich ArtGeneve, Switzerland Silver Speaks at the V&A with Contemporary British Silversmiths Furutre Heritage at Decorex British Silver Week Bluecoat Display Centre 2015 HIVE with Bils and Rye MADE, London Goldsmiths' Fair, including In Conversation with Corinne Julius and Julia Peyton-Jones Selects The Contemporary Silver Gallery Summer Exhibition, Sussex British Silver Week: Festival of Silver, London British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate, Yorkshire Desire Silversmithing & Jewellery Exhibition, London Artgeneve, with Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva Designer Crafts at The Mall Gallery, The Mall Gallery, London Snug Gallery, Autumn / Winter Exhibition, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire See my website for previous exhibitions.


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    A Bowl for Three Apples

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    Split Bowl

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    Conversational Vessels: Rocking Carafes

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    Oil and Vinegar Pourers

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    Conversational Vessels: Carafe and Shot Glasses

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    Water and Wine Conversational Vessels

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    Salt & Pepper

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    A Bowl for Fruit

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    Small Vases (1)

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