Artist Statement

I have been working with silver for 35 years, designing and making tableware including everything from teaspoons to tea sets.  During this time my work has evolved but silver remains the common thread.  Silver allows me the flexibility to create new designs by virtue of its many qualities including the adaptability of the material itself, its aesthetics and its relationship to cultural and religious traditions.

All my pieces are totally handmade from silver sheet and wire to the final polished form.  This ensures that no two pieces are exactly the same even when I reproduce a design, though many of my designs are one offs. Functional design and quality craftsmanship are integral to my work.  Silver lasts forever and so it is important that the design and making of my pieces have a timeless quality.

Apart from working with silver, I also make larger objects such as small sculptures, containers and vases in copper and stainless steel.  These materials allow me to experiment with new forms that often give me further inspiration for new directions in my silver practice.

Some of my recent work is inspired by the landscape and traditional Aboriginal paintings that I saw while travelling in Central Australia.  Though not literally interpreted, these images are subtly represented in the overall character of the pieces.

Ciriculum Vitae

Born 1956 Melbourne, Australia Education

1974Diploma of Arts in Gold and Silversmithing - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1980-1985Worked with John Truscott at Victorian Arts Centre as a Design Assistant
1976L. Puzar Award for best 2nd year student
19773rd year Special Award in Jewellery
1994Rusden Foundation Award in Silver Design & Craftsmanship
1995Australia Council grant to upgrade studio
1990-1991Lectured in silversmithing at Monash University
1990-1993Private tuition for postgraduate students in my workshop
1995-2001Part time lecturer in silversmithing at Monash University
1999-2014Part time lecturer in silversmithing at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Solo Exhibitions
1979Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1986Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1993Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1995Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1997Makers Mark Gallery, Sydney
1997Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
2011Studio Ingot, Melbourne
201330 Spoons, Studio Ingot, Melbourne
Public Collections
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Sale Regional Gallery
Gallery of Western Australia
Queen Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, Launceston
Hamilton Regional Art Gallery
Private Collections
Various collections throughout Australia and overseas
Significant Commissions
1990Communion Vessels - St. Martin’s Anglican Church, South Yarra, Victoria
1996-2006Glen Eira City Council - Trophy for Glen Eira Handicap
1997Glen Eira City Council - Presentation gifts for departing commissioners
1997Communion Vessels - St. John’s Anglican Church, Corowa, NSW
200070 Piece Cutlery Set - Private collector, Sydney
2000Silver Tray for Boardroom - Bevan Turner Group, Melbourne
2006Australian Governor General’s gift to HRH Queen Elizabeth II
2009Silver tray presented to the retiring CEO of the Royal Melbourne Hospital
Group Exhibitions
1979Diamond Valley Art Award
1980"Object to Human Scale" touring Asia & Australia
1980Meat Market Craft Show, Melbourne
1981Meat Market Craft Show, Melbourne
1986Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Exhibition, Melbourne
1988Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Exhibition, Melbourne
1989Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Exhibition, Melbourne
1991"Australian Hollow Ware" toured Europe, America & Australia
1992Designer Cutlery from Germany and Australia. RMIT Gallery
1992Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1992Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1993Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1993Multiples Craft Victoria Gallery
1994Silver Exhibition, Buda, Castlemaine
1994Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1995Mornington Craft Event, Victoria
1996"See the Light" Craftspace, Sydney
1996"Collectible Boxes" Makers Mark, Melbourne
1996Silver Exhibition, Buda, Castlemaine
1997Cicely and Colin Rigg Award, National Gallery of Victoria
1997Das Flair Des Kunsthandwerks, Munich
1998Retrospective Exhibition, Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
1999Metal Masters' Exhibition, Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria
2000Maker's Mark Wine Show (in conjunction with the Food & Wine Festival)
2000Australian Silver, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2001Ways of Working, Monash University
2001Metal Element of Five Countries, Ways of Working, International Design Centre, Nagoya, Japan
2001Metal Element of Four Countries, The Circumference of Metal, International Design Centre, Nagoya, Japan and Mokkumto Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2004925 by Three Ways, Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney
2005Australian Silver 2005, Tasmanian Craft Fair
2007Silver Exhibition, Buda, Castlemaine
2007Alumni Exhibition, RMIT
2009Melbourne Hollow Ware, Gallery Marzee, Netherlands
2010Asahi Beer Silver + Black Exhibition, 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne and Ambush Gallery, Sydney
2013Finalist, Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award. Bendigo Art Gallery