Sunday, December 11, 2011

Charles Wyatt

This Charles Wyatt 'Scaled Pendant' is cast in sterling silver with a whitened finish.
80cm long
The whitened finish is a temporary surface treatment and with wear, the piece will burnish to reveal the sterling silver below.

I first discovered some of Charles Wyatt's jewellery when having a good explore of the Edition X jewellery page and I was intrigued bu the shape, the texture as well as the scaling effect on the sea shell pendant. I was never allowed to bathe in the ocean as a child, so my fondest memories of the beach involve searching for treasures of the sea, sea shells of all imaginable colours, shapes and sizes. I don't really care for anything else of the jeweller but I admire the imagination as well as the unique texture of this necklace.

I am a Tasmanian jeweller currently based in Melbourne where I have recently completed a bachelor of Fine Arts (Gold and Silversmithing). I began making jewellery at a young age and have been working in my family’s jewellery business from the age of 12. During this time I have developed a passion for fine craftsmanship and respect for jewellery as an heirloom.
In 2007 I moved to Melbourne to extend my contemporary practice and discover new technologies and working methods .
In my work I am exploring the relationship between man-made structures and biological forms. Forms such as polyhedra, geodesic domes and honeycombs are common throughout the natural and man made world as being the most efficient structural solution for a given situation. In my jewellery and hollowware I explore these forms using both CAD 3D printing technologies, and intuitive hand fabrication techniques to develop beautiful pieces that are lightweight and complex.

I can see the common-ground of all Wyatt's pieces and the imitation and replication of natural structures such as honeycombs of bees recreated in silver mesh, the hexagonal structure created in 3D for earrings in gold but my favourite is the scaled pendant made from Sterling silver and SLS nylon as seen from Charles Wyatt's website and the second photographed necklace.

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