Gretal Ferguson

Published: 01.10.2020
Gretal Ferguson Gretal Ferguson


I completed an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Design Centre, Enmore in Sydney and stayed on to undertake a further year as a mentor/resident. I then did my Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery in the UK. On my return to Australia I completed a two year Associateship at JamFactory in Adelaide where I now have my own studio.
Trained in silversmithing, object design and contemporary art jewellery, my practice is quite eclectic. My work ranges from simple, subtle, aesthetically motivated forms, to conceptually driven statements on society. Though my work is predominantly created using traditional silversmithing practices, my creations are anything but traditional. I am constantly exploring new ways of working with different forms and materials to modernise and compliment my obsession with traditional silversmithing.

My current series 'Stitched' explores the changing roles of women in craft and society, commenting on the perception of what women do versus what we are actually capable of. By combining the traditionally masculine craft of silversmithing with hand stitching, this work endeavours to challenge the entrenched gender roles within craft and society while paying homage to those before.


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Exhibition  27 Aug 2020 - 17 Oct 2020  Table Layer.
Craft ACT, Canberra, Australia.
Exhibition  03 Jul 2020 - 25 Oct 2020  New Taipei City International Metal Crafts Competition.
Gold Museum of New Taipei City Government, Taiwan.
Exhibition  23 May 2020 - 25 Jul 2020  International KOGEI Award in Toyama.
Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Japan
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020  Broken Beauty in Munich.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020  Broken Beauty.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017  Birmingham City School of Jewellery. MA Degree Show 2017.

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Book:  Silver Triennial International 2019. GfG; Weber-Stöber, ChristianneArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2019
Magazine:  Society of North American Goldsmiths Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey Vol.2. SNAG:  Oregon,  2019
p86, 92-3, 200.
Magazine:  Society of North American Goldsmiths Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey Vol.1. SNAG:  Oregon,  2017
p28-31, 196.