Cockpit Arts Summer open studios are coming up and we are looking forward to seeing new work from several Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors who are based at the studios.
The Cockpit Arts’ Open Studios occur twice a year and is the only chance for visitors to see behind the scenes at the studios and buy direct from independent makers – from craftspeople and artist-makers as well as a selected group of Cockpit Arts’ alumni.
This year we spoke to Cockpit based jeweller, Hannah Bedford who will be exhibiting for the first time at Goldsmiths’ Fair.
How does it feel to be a 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitor?
I’m thrilled to be participating in Goldsmiths’ Fair this year. It’s a pleasure to be showing in such a high-profile event and you can’t quite match the grandeur of Goldsmiths’ Hall! I am developing some exciting new designs in precious metals, diamonds and colourful gems. I can’t wait to showcase them to a new audience. I am also feeling humbled to be exhibiting alongside such talented jewellers and silversmiths.
How long have you been based at Cockpit and what’s it like being based there?
I have been at Cockpit Arts in Deptford since 2007, nearly 11 years now. My studio space is a little green oasis which I love coming into each day. I have taken time to set it up carefully, creating an inviting client meeting area, jewellers’ benches and equipment space as well as an office/desk environment. The studio is filled with lots of little treasures and inspirations. Another passion of mine is growing plants – this summer the studio has turned into a bit of a jungle!
How would you describe your work and your process?
My specialism is Granulation and I have been working with this technique consistently since I graduated in 2004. Granulation is an ancient art form in which jewellery is adorned with fine granules of precious metal. Each granule is created on a charcoal block before it is cleaned and individually applied to a piece of jewellery. It is an extremely delicate and time intensive process!
The bonding of these precious granules requires precision, a careful steady hand and, above all, patience. I love pushing the technical and creative boundaries of the granulation process – finding intriguing ways to adjoin, layer, texture and entwine surfaces. With my new Tide Collection I am creating dramatic waves of precious metal, with water-like droplets of gold granulation and diamond detailing. Playfully designing combinations of granules and gems is really exciting for me.
What pieces have you been working on for the Fair?
I’m currently working on developing new designs in the Tide Collection for the Fair, including sculptural pieces featuring white gold, ocean toned jewels and lavish granulation. I am also developing my signature Granulated designs in sumptuous yellow gold, with a scattering of champagne diamonds.
Select pieces of Hannah’s work are fair trade and ethically sourced. A percentage of all purchase’s from her Tide collection will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading marine charity – working to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.
Find Hannah Week two, stand 59 of Goldsmiths’ Fair.
Holborn Open studios will take place 8-10th June
Deptford Open studios will take place 15-17th June
Find out more information here.