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Shelly Perkins
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William Smith
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Catherine Van Giap
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Jill Crowther

Rob Williams

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Artwork for Rob Williams

Talisman pendant photographed in the Forest of Dean

Sterling silver dental jewellery

Silver and brass, each piece has a specific link to kustom kulture

A tattoo flash style snake engraved onto brass, set into a polished sterling silver ring

A collaboration with Worcester tattoo artist Kris Stammer, based on a traditional style vampire skull drawn by Kris

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am influenced by custom motorcycle/car culture and the highly skilled craftspeople who work across multiple disciplines to customise their vehicles.
There is excitement and danger in working with metal that relates to this vibrant culture, and a high level of individuality as some of my pieces are moulded specifically to the wearer. Metals have personalities and there is a great deal of learning about how they behave and complement each other, this journey of experimentation has led to a body of work that celebrates individuality and freedom of expression.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being able to mould your ideas, experiences and skills into a body of work while considering how it will relate to an audience

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Hamfisted Metalworks is a slightly subversive name for a jeweller, jewellery is a discipline that demands accuracy and perfection but I wanted to take a more relaxed approach while exploring surreal and amusing jewellery designs

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I am lucky to have a workshop at home where I design and make everything. I try to be active on social media and be open about what I'm doing, regularly sharing photos and videos of jewellery making - the lost wax process is a fascinating technique that is often outsourced. I like to embrace technology in the making process with the use of CAD, 3D printing and CNC carving. I enjoy collaborating with artists from different disciplines such as photographers and tattoo artists in order to create new and interesting work.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

In 2023 I graduated from Hereford Art College with a BA in Jewellery Design. Previously I studied and worked as a dental technician for nearly a decade, gathering metalwork skills very similar to those used in the jewellery field.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

"Crafting the Cathedral" - Hereford Cathedral 2022
HCA Degree show 2023

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I currently sell my work online via my website, etsy and depop

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