Adele Brereton’s work is based upon the traditional Silversmithing technique of Hand Raising, where a flat sheet of metal is hammered into a hollow form. Inspiration is drawn from archaeological artefacts and interesting forms and textures found in nature. Using Silver and Gold, these hand raised elements are often combined wit hand carved wood, creating one off pieces that are both organic and tactile.
Her work at the Museum of London Archives had indulged a fascination with historical objects and inspired her to unearth her own artefacts. Adele’s new collection explores the use of found objects including pieces of glass and pottery.
Explorations at the River Thames have translated into a curiosity for new materials, playing with the contrasts of the natural and man-made. A link is forged with her local industrial landscape, combining stainless steel and silver with precious materials and washed up remnants of the past.
Contemporary Craft Fair, Best Stand, 2010
Crafts Council Development Award, 2009
Goldsmiths’ Company Precious Metal Bursary, 2005
Goldsmiths’ Company College Silver Grant, 2005
Adele undertook her Postgraduate Silversmithing and Jewellery training at Bishopsland Educational Trust 2005 – 2006,
BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art 2002 – 2005 and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Art 1997 – 1998.
Read more on Adele Brereton’s website here.