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Juliette Bigley

Juliette Bigley Metalworker
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Making sense of life through metal

  • • Juliette uses metalwork to explore the human condition
  • • She has a varied background in music and healthcare
  • • She was selected by the UK Design Council as ‘one to watch’

Juliette Bigley grew up in a family of musicians and worked briefly as a classical singer before going on to begin a career in healthcare management. Although she loved it, she was “always sort of looking for something else”. A chance encounter with a jeweller on holiday sparked her interest in metalwork, and after a series of evening classes she took a leap of faith and applied for art school. Juliette now uses base and precious metals to create unique sculptures that seek to express “why people behave the way they do and make the choices they do”, exploring this through the vessel form, which she feels is “a metaphor for the human condition”.

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Works

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Balancing Bowl (1, 3 and 2)

Balancing Bowls contrasts and raises questions around forms, materials, notions of solidity and function. The solid silver bowls seem to hover over the dark rectangular bases. Although secured, the bowls can be moved or rocked slightly. Balancing Bowl 3 (centre) was acquired for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection in 2017.

20 cm
20 cm
10 cm

Juliette Bigley Metalworker
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Cylinders

Cylinders explores a basic form encountered in our everyday lives. It examines both the spaces within the cylinders and that created through their juxtaposition. The joins of the cylinders are highlighted with a line of silver solder running the length of each piece. These also create visual-connection lines between the pieces.

20 cm
15 cm

Juliette Bigley Metalworker
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Pair (open)

Pair plays with the notions of inside and outside and especially the threshold that lies between the two. Very similar in form but each subtly different, the pieces have an ambivalent relationship to the ideas of “in” and “out”, both within themselves and between each other. As with much of Juliette’s work, the piece comprises the spaces in between as much as the forms themselves.

32 cm
9 cm

Juliette Bigley Metalworker
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Salt and Pepper Split Bowls

To what extent can a familiar object be taken apart and put back together again and still remain familiar to us? The Split Bowls collection explores just this, dismantling and reforming the ever-present shape of the bowl. Originally a set of six, this collection has expanded to incorporate bowls of different sizes, materials and functions.

9 cm
4 cm

Juliette Bigley Metalworker
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Vessel Scape

Vessel Scape takes traditional vessel forms, abstracts them through the use of solid forms and arranges them like a collection of buildings. Thus arranged, these everyday objects change and their scale and appearance are transformed from a domestic to an architectural object.

25 cm
25
25 cm

Juliette Bigley Metalworker

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