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Thinking of the future makes me hope for opportunities, adventures, and new ideas coming to fruition in the studio. Catherine Large interviewed by Klimt02.

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 21.01.2019
Author:
Catherine Large
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
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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Intro
There is always an internal discussion or debate going on in my head.
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
In terms of my work, I feel invested in my place in the world, and the people around me, and so I suppose I am making work that is local on a personal and public level as well as dealing with universal themes. The standardization of jewellery is probably something that has been of concern to makers for a long time, certainly since the Industrial revolution; and in the late 20th and 21st centuries the rise of fast fashion and the perceived desirability of a product through saturation advertising and social media has encouraged this.


What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
I expect people to consider my work, and engage with it, thinking about the themes and ideas.


Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
Yes, I make objects, both useful and ornamental including bowls, beakers and utensils.


The last work, book, film,city that has moved me was...
Paris.


A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
Java, Indonesia.


Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
I appreciate work by many designers and makers and they are too numerous to list, but a few whose work resonates with me are Elizabeth Turrell, Tamar de Vries Winter, Jess Dare and Margaret West.
 

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
Making vessels is something I really enjoy as they are a challenge and I don’t make them very often. 
 

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?

Yes I read jewellery magazines such as Metalsmith, and online forums such as Klimt02, AJF (Art Jewelry Forum) as well as books and catalogues.
 

Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?

There is always an internal discussion or debate going on in my head, but I discuss my work with jeweller friends and colleagues at times. Another opinion is important when you work alone in your studio.


What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
Thinking of the future makes me hope for opportunities, adventures, and new ideas coming to fruition in the studio.
 
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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