Stacey Bentley

Through material experimentation, I wish to explore the new possibilities and ideas that industrial liquid enamel can bring to contemporary jewellery. My aim is to challenge the pre-conceived ideas attached to enamel by questioning technique, process and aesthetic.

Informing my creative process is the industrial city. Taking inspiration from patterns and structures I have observed on my journeys through urban scenes, I initially paint onto small scale enamel panels to help me to reflect upon these observations. This visual information is translated into tactile, sculptural forms that play with line, gritty textures and matt finishes.

Recent work experiments with smooth silver wire structures which generate strength and stability. Intertwined within these frameworks are thin enamelled binding wire elements that create a sense of fragility. This combination of materials allows me to create unpredictable and spontaneous ideas for jewellery with a unique painterly quality.

 Edinburgh College of Art, MA Jewellery, Pass with Distinction
2005–08 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 1st Class

  Contemporary Applied Arts, Membership award + showcase in gallery
2009  The Guild of Enamellers, UK
Kenneth Benton Enamelling Award
2008  West Dean College, UK Short Course Bursary in Creative & Experimental
Enamel Techniques
2008  Guild of Enamellers, UK. Guild of Enamellers Bursary 08
2008  Edinburgh College of Art
Andrew Grant Major Bequest Award Scholarship funding MA Jewellery
2008  Gemmological Association  
Scottish Branch    2nd Prize
2008  The Goldsmiths Company
Precious Metal Bursary
2007  Johari & Sumerian Foundation  2nd Prize
2006  Tigerprint/Hallmark    1st Prize

  ‘Meet Your Maker’, National Museum of Scotland
2009  ‘Design Collection – Winter’, Roger Billcliffe Gallery
2009  ‘The Designer Jewellers Group Exhibition’, The Barbican
2009  ‘Genesis 09’, SDC Gallery
2009  ‘London National Theatre Specials’, Dazzle 
2009  ‘Rising Stars 09’, Studio Fusion Gallery 
2009  ‘International Graduation Show’, Galerie Marzee, Netherlands
2009   ‘New Designers Part 1 - 2009, Business Design Centre
2009  ‘Surfacing’ – The 8th International Juried. Oakland Art Gallery, California
Student Exhibition (US Enamelist Society)
2009  ‘Craftsmanship & Design Awards - Enamel’, Goldsmiths Hall
2009  ‘New Faces’, Leith Gallery
2008  ‘Genesis 08’, SDC Gallery
2008  ‘Brooch the Subject’, Studio Fusion Gallery 
2008  ‘Roar’, The Gallery @ Oxo & Bargehouse
2008  ‘Rising Stars 08’, Studio Fusion Gallery 

  ‘Ringing the Changes’ The Sunday Herald Jan 24th
2009  ‘Thinking Big and Acting Small’ Crafts, Sept/Oct
2008  ‘New Graduate: Stacey Bentley’ Enamel, Oct
2008  ‘Guild of Enamellers Bursary 2008’, The Guild of Enamellers Journal, winter 08
2008  ‘Studia Jubilerskie w Szkocji’, Polski Jubiler, NR 11 (65)
2009  ‘Guild of Enamellers Student Bursary’, Craft & Design





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