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Catherine Large

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Published: 17.05.2019

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The new collection of reimagined and reinterpreted materials is transformed into a collection of unique pieces; they can never be replicated.
Catherine Large. Brooch: Brooch, 2019. Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michell Bowden. From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret. Catherine Large
Brooch: Brooch, 2019
Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michell Bowden
From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret
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Catherine Large. Pendant: 5 Pendants, 2019. Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michell Bowden. From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret. Catherine Large
Pendant: 5 Pendants, 2019
Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michell Bowden
From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret
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Catherine Large. Earrings: Blue and green Mis-match, 2019. Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michell Bowden. From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret. Catherine Large
Earrings: Blue and green Mis-match, 2019
Sterling silver, fine silver, copper, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michell Bowden
From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret
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Catherine Large. Earrings: Earring Collection, 2019. Sterling silver, fine silver, 9ct gold, copper, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michell Bowden. From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret. Catherine Large
Earrings: Earring Collection, 2019
Sterling silver, fine silver, 9ct gold, copper, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michell Bowden
From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret
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Catherine Large. Ring: Rings, 2019. Sterling silver, fine silver, 9ct gold, copper, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michell Bowden. From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret. Catherine Large
Ring: Rings, 2019
Sterling silver, fine silver, 9ct gold, copper, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michell Bowden
From series: Re-imagine; reinterpret
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Catherine Large. Object: Strange Things 2, 2017. Left to Right: Coral collected from a North Queensland beach, 1983; Vintage Convex Optician Test Lens, collected in London c1990; Glass shard, collected from travels in Europe, c1991; Glass marble, origin unknown; Glass bottle stopper, Dunolly, Victoria. All set with sterling silver.. Catherine Large
Object: Strange Things 2, 2017
Left to Right: Coral collected from a North Queensland beach, 1983; Vintage Convex Optician Test Lens, collected in London c1990; Glass shard, collected from travels in Europe, c1991; Glass marble, origin unknown; Glass bottle stopper, Dunolly, Victoria. All set with sterling silver.
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Catherine Large. Spoon: Monochrome, 2018. Sterling and fine silver, mother of pearl, glass.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Spoon: Monochrome, 2018
Sterling and fine silver, mother of pearl, glass.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Spoon: Multichrome, 2018. Sterling and fine silver, copper, plastic buttons.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Spoon: Multichrome, 2018
Sterling and fine silver, copper, plastic buttons.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Brooch: Tales quietly told II, 2017. Sterling silver, 18ct Gold, green stone, vitreous enamel, glass, re-purposed vintage mother-of-pearl belt buckle.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Brooch: Tales quietly told II, 2017
Sterling silver, 18ct Gold, green stone, vitreous enamel, glass, re-purposed vintage mother-of-pearl belt buckle.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Object: Strange Things 1, 2018. Copper nail, found in Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, c1990; Bottle cap, found on Grey Street, South Bank, 2017; 3. Portion of bronze ornament, origin unknown; Jewellers/watchmakers draw-plate, bought in a market in Geneva, Switzerland, Gift from a fellow collector, 2016; Bronze coil. Collected during travels in Asia. All set with sterling silver.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Object: Strange Things 1, 2018
Copper nail, found in Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, c1990; Bottle cap, found on Grey Street, South Bank, 2017; 3. Portion of bronze ornament, origin unknown; Jewellers/watchmakers draw-plate, bought in a market in Geneva, Switzerland, Gift from a fellow collector, 2016; Bronze coil. Collected during travels in Asia. All set with sterling silver.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Vessel: Pouring vessel, 2016. Sterling and fine silver, copper, re-purposed glass bottle neck.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Vessel: Pouring vessel, 2016
Sterling and fine silver, copper, re-purposed glass bottle neck.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Brooch: Trace II, 2016. Sterling silver, re-purposed vintage mother-of-pearl belt buckle.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Brooch: Trace II, 2016
Sterling silver, re-purposed vintage mother-of-pearl belt buckle.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Vessel: Aquamanile, 2015. Sterling, fine silver re-purposed glass bottle neck.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Vessel: Aquamanile, 2015
Sterling, fine silver re-purposed glass bottle neck.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Pendant: Grassy pendant, 2015. Sterling and fine silver, vitreous enamel, waxed linen.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Pendant: Grassy pendant, 2015
Sterling and fine silver, vitreous enamel, waxed linen.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Pendant: Pendant, 2015. Sterling and fine silver, vitreous enamel, waxed linen.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Pendant: Pendant, 2015
Sterling and fine silver, vitreous enamel, waxed linen.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Brooch: Without darkness there is no light, 2015. Recycled Shakudo, recycled Sterling silver, recycled 18ct Gold, fine silver foil, vitreous enamel.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Brooch: Without darkness there is no light, 2015
Recycled Shakudo, recycled Sterling silver, recycled 18ct Gold, fine silver foil, vitreous enamel.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Object: Strange Things Collection, 2013-2015. Found Object. Photo by: Michelle Bowden.  
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. Moscow Great City souvenir badge (Cyrillic text), purchased in Moscow, 1989.Vietnamese 5 Dong Coin dated 1971. Inherited from my Father in 2008, who brought it back from Vietnam after his last tour as a Team Leader of Volunteer Medical Specialists (Surgical Teams) in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, 1972. Yugoslavian 20 Dinar coin, collected as change in Yugoslavia, 1990. Half-penny coin (date indecipherable) from Anzac Park, Toowong. Indian silver 2 Paisa coin, dated 1891, embellished with decorated edge and with signs that it was possibly used as one of a pair of cufflinks, collected in India in 1983. Moonstone Bead with gold findings from my mothers’ jewellery box. Origin unknown, came into my possession 2009. My hair, circa 1988, with lorikeet feather from my Sydney garden, re-purposed from another artwork. Thank you Robert Baines - precision exercise, made during the 1st year of my undergraduate degree, 1983. Nickel silver cube intersected with a brass rod.Tumbled Glass ring from a bottle, purchased in Camberwell Market in Melbourne, 1980s. Prized red blood-reel marble from the 1920s inherited by my husband from his Mother’s marble bag collection.Pottery shard collected during travels in Asia. Keyholecomb broad tooth shearing Sunbeam plate, Brisbane.Plumb-bob, origin unknown, found in our garden in Brisbane. Iron horse bit, Simpson’s Falls, Brisbane. 
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. Stainless steel tip of a found on the bank of the Coolaburragundy River at Coolah, NSW, 2014. Veinstripper, inherited from my father on his retirement from his surgical practice. Part of bottle, found at a bottle dump Dunolly, Victoria. Ruskin pottery brooch, made from glaze sample, with broken clasp. Inherited from my great-aunt, 1987. Earring from Israel. Gift from my oldest friend, 1982. Nifty pointed sterling silver shirt stud, inherited from my father-in-law. Bronze ornament collected from the ground in Paris in Pere Lachaise Cimetière, circa 1990. Floriate bronze ornament collected from the ground in Paris in Pere Lachaise Cimetière, circa 1990. Bullet, collected from Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Exploded bullet shell from a Match Rifle shot by my uncle at a target in Woomera in 1993. Tin Hat Appeal RSL Fund raiser, from my husband’s grandmother. Impression of a sugar spoon and part of a metal adornment, possibly from clothing or a belt. Maple leaf picture hook that belonged to my husband’s grandfather who fought in the Canadian Army in WW1. Silver container with snake emblem, origin and use unknown, possibly medical. Inherited from my great-aunt in 1986.Emperor Hirohito tin whistle from WW2. Belonged to my husband’s grandmother. Cast-iron architectural ornament, Brisbane.
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. Metal pulley. Metal washer from canvas tent, possibly 1940s, found in Anzac Park, Toowong, Brisbane, 2014. Bronze grommet. Lead sinker from a collection belonging to my husband. Possibly found on Peel Island, Moreton Bay, circa. 1993. Old copper washer. Fanta lid (Cyrillic text), from a bottle purchased in Moscow, 1989. Moscow souvenir badge depicting St Basil’s Church (Cyrillic text), purchased in Moscow, 1989. Tin lid that reads PIERCE HERE THEN LEVER OPEN. Red plastic 1950s button, gift from a friend, 1980s. Nifty sterling silver shirt stud, Comrades of the inherited from my father-in-law.Great War, numbered badge. Belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Bullet Shell, 1940s. Anzac Park, Toowong. Neillo butterfly cufflink. Found in my husband’s grandmother’s effects. Burmese 25 Pyas coin, 1963. Glass Bead from Ancient Thira (Santorini, Greece). Collected 1989. . Catherine Large
Object: Strange Things Collection, 2013-2015
Found Object
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
 
Top row left to right
 
Moscow Great City souvenir badge (Cyrillic text), purchased in Moscow, 1989
.Vietnamese 5 Dong Coin dated 1971. Inherited from my Father in 2008, who brought it back from Vietnam after his last tour as a Team Leader of Volunteer Medical Specialists (Surgical Teams) in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, 1972. Yugoslavian 20 Dinar coin, collected as change in Yugoslavia, 1990. Half-penny coin (date indecipherable) from Anzac Park, Toowong. Indian silver 2 Paisa coin, dated 1891, embellished with decorated edge and with signs that it was possibly used as one of a pair of cufflinks, collected in India in 1983. Moonstone Bead with gold findings from my mothers’ jewellery box. Origin unknown, came into my possession 2009. My hair, circa 1988, with lorikeet feather from my Sydney garden, re-purposed from another artwork. Thank you Robert Baines - precision exercise, made during the 1st year of my undergraduate degree, 1983. Nickel silver cube intersected with a brass rod.Tumbled Glass ring from a bottle, purchased in Camberwell Market in Melbourne, 1980s. Prized red blood-reel marble from the 1920s inherited by my husband from his Mother’s marble bag collection.Pottery shard collected during travels in Asia. Keyholecomb broad tooth shearing Sunbeam plate, Brisbane.Plumb-bob, origin unknown, found in our garden in Brisbane. Iron horse bit, Simpson’s Falls, Brisbane. 
 
Middle row left to right

Stainless
steel tip of a found on the bank of the Coolaburragundy River at Coolah, NSW, 2014. Veinstripper,
inherited from my father on his retirement from his surgical practice. Part of bottle, found at a bottle dump Dunolly, Victoria. Ruskin pottery brooch, made from glaze sample, with broken clasp. Inherited from my great-aunt, 1987. Earring from Israel. Gift from my oldest friend, 1982. Nifty pointed sterling silver shirt stud, inherited from my father-in-law. Bronze ornament collected from the ground in Paris in Pere Lachaise Cimetière, circa 1990. Floriate bronze ornament collected from the ground in Paris in Pere Lachaise Cimetière, circa 1990. Bullet, collected from Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Exploded bullet shell from a Match Rifle shot by my uncle at a target in Woomera in 1993. Tin Hat Appeal RSL Fund raiser, from my husband’s grandmother. Impression of a sugar spoon and part of a metal adornment, possibly from clothing or a belt. Maple leaf picture hook that belonged to my husband’s grandfather who fought in the Canadian Army in WW1. Silver container with snake emblem, origin and use unknown, possibly medical. Inherited from my great-aunt in 1986.Emperor Hirohito tin whistle from WW2. Belonged to my husband’s grandmother. Cast-iron architectural ornament, Brisbane.
 
Bottom row left to right
 
Metal pulley. Metal washer from canvas tent, possibly 1940s, found in Anzac Park, Toowong, Brisbane, 2014. Bronze grommet. Lead sinker from a collection belonging to my husband. Possibly found on Peel Island, Moreton Bay, circa. 1993. Old copper washer. Fanta lid (Cyrillic text), from a bottle purchased in Moscow, 1989. Moscow souvenir badge depicting St Basil’s Church (Cyrillic text), purchased in Moscow, 1989. 
Tin lid that reads PIERCE HERE THEN LEVER OPEN. Red plastic 1950s button, gift from a friend, 1980s. Nifty sterling silver shirt studComrades of the inherited from my father-in-law.Great War, numbered badge. Belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Bullet Shell, 1940s. Anzac Park, Toowong. Neillo butterfly cufflink. Found in my husband’s grandmother’s effects. Burmese 25 Pyas coin, 1963. Glass Bead from Ancient Thira (Santorini, Greece). Collected 1989. 
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Catherine Large. Pendant: Time passing, 2014. Sterling silver, repurposed mother-of-pearl fan stick, waxed linen.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Pendant: Time passing, 2014
Sterling silver, repurposed mother-of-pearl fan stick, waxed linen.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Catherine Large. Spoon: Two Scoops, 2017. Copper, fine silver, plastic buttons.. Photo by: Michelle Bowden. Catherine Large
Spoon: Two Scoops, 2017
Copper, fine silver, plastic buttons.
Photo by: Michelle Bowden
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Intro
She has a Research Masters from Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Brisbane and a Bachelor of Visual arts from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney. She commenced her undergraduate studies at RMIT, Melbourne, before moving to Sydney. Catherine exhibits regularly and has been the recipient of grants, both individually and for group projects. She works with predominantly recycled and reused materials, both precious and non-precious including vitreous enamel.
 

Statement

I like to work with recycled metals and existing objects, some found or collected over many years. These may sit for some time before it becomes clear how to approach using them. Handling the material and tools to form the work provides connections with a long history of the handmade; the use of tools and materials available tell a story and enable the creative process involved in making a useful object or piece of adornment. Not all my work includes found objects, and I enjoy the fresh clean nature of making work from scratch, considering the new form and how the addition of colour might enhance it.


Re-imagine; reinterpret series.
2 years ago, I purchased a collection of enamel colour samples from Lawson Gems in Brisbane. These samples, most on a copper base, with a few on fine silver, came from an unnamed studio in south-east Queensland.
The range of lustrous colour caught my eye and the possibilities of giving them a new life in another form. Making samples is an integral part of the enameller’s studio and personal to your practice, so you rely on your own testing for colours. I liked the idea of getting these samples out of the studio where their purpose is as a reference tool, and onto the body.
I have tried to maintain the integrity of the pieces, using them as is, complete with flaws, uneven shapes and not quite matching pairs - many of the 
colour tests are nearly the same colour…but not quite. I have chosen forms to showcase the colour and base-taille detail on the metal.
The sterling silver is recycled, and the 9ct gold was purchased from the estate of a member of my extended family and had been hidden in a box since the early 1990s.
This collection of reimagined and reinterpreted materials is transformed into a collection of unique pieces; they can never be replicated.

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2019:
Exhibition  03 May 2019 - 24 May 2019  Re-imagine; reinterpret by Catherine Large.
2018:
Exhibition  19 Dec 2018 - 19 Dec 2018  USE Redland Art Gallery.
2017:
Exhibition  16 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017  Why Jewellery? 2 in Hong Kong.
Exhibition  08 Jul 2017 - 05 Nov 2017  Mostyn Open 20.
Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales.
Exhibition  13 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017  Why Jewellery? 2.
2016:
Exhibition  22 Nov 2016 - 03 Dec 2016  Trace.
JMGQ Exhibition, Brisbane.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2016 - 12 Jan 2017  Silver Triennial, 18th International Competition Exhibition.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 09 Apr 2016  Small Object Space (SOS) Artisan.
Award  07 Jan 2016 - 11 Jul 2016  Silver Triennial, 18th International Competition Award.

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Catalogue:  Contemporary Wearables. Toowoomba Regional Gallery:  2017
Catalogue:  Repetitious Rituals. Catherine Large.  Catherine Large (Foreword), Queensland College of Art Jewellery and Small Objects Studio:  Brisbane,  2016
Catalogue:  Strange Objects. Artisan.  Queensland College of Art, Griffith University:  2016
Article:  Artisan Blog feature. Artisan:  2016
Book:  Silver Triennial International. 18th Worldwide Competition. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Article:  Catherine Large EM Student Member Interview. Ethical Metalsmiths:  2014
Book:  Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten Fitzpatrick, Evie Franzidis, Artisan.  Artisan:  Brisbane,  2011
Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten Fitzpatrick, Evie Franzidis, and Artisan: Brisbane, p26, 127 (reprint 2012).
 
 
Catalogue:  Revisiting the Australian Landscape. Elizabeth Shaw.  Queensland College of Art:  Griffith University,  2010
Catalogue:  Contemporary Wearables ’09. Toowoomba Regional Gallery.  Toowoomba Regional Gallery:  2009
Catalogue:  Ornamentomology.. Kirsten Fitzpatrick.  Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group Australia Queensland (Inc.):  Brisbane,  2008
Catalogue:  Contemporary Wearables ’05. Toowoomba Regional Gallery:  Toowoomba Regional Gallery,  2005
Catalogue:  Sites for Adornment (JMGA 10th Biennial Conference). 2000
Article:  Sterling use of enamels. Jeff Shaw.  Courier Mail:  Brisbane,  1998
Article:  Fire in the Heart: Australian Enamel. Judith O’Callaghan.  Object Magazine:  1997
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