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Claire Malet

  • Metalworker
  • Hereford, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Claire Malet Metalworker
Contact
English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 1885489424
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Giving new life to discarded metals

  • • Claire transforms ‘found’ metals such as old tin cans into precious objects
  • • Environmentally conscious, she likes her materials to show their origins
  • • She won the Best New Design award at the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014

Growing up in a creative family, Claire Malet was always destined for a career in making. After an art foundation course she spent 15 years working in community arts, developing projects in schools and care homes, before finally deciding to focus on her own work. A degree at Hereford Art College led her into metalwork, while her varied artistic experience fuelled her desire to use all sorts of different metals, from recycled materials to precious metals, to create unique sculptural vessels. She now works from her home in rural Herefordshire where she gets inspiration from the countryside around her. “I walk every day and that’s absolutely crucial. It doesn’t look like I’m working but I am!”

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Works

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Bircher Common Vessels

These handmade sculptural steel vessels were inspired by a walk in the countryside on an autumn day. The gilded autumn-coloured interiors contrast with the exterior surfaces made of overlapping perforated grey steel. The vessels are formed from steel food cans that are then hand textured, pierced and gilded.

Height 25 cm

Claire Malet Metalworker
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Winter Sketch

This sculptural vessel is formed from a steel food can that is then hand textured, pierced and gilded. The piece was inspired by woodland in winter, evoking bare branches, shadows, quiet light. It is reminiscent of a still winter day, and explores ideas of transformation, perceived value and the process of making.

Height 38 cm

Claire Malet Metalworker
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Ridged Vessel

This sculptural vessel is formed from a steel food can that is then hand textured, pierced and gilded. It was inspired by pieces of bark collected in a forest. The gilded autumn-coloured interior contrasts with the overlapping perforated grey steel that makes up the exterior. The piece explores the idea of transformation, perceived value and the process of making.

Height 38 cm

Claire Malet Metalworker

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