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 reflect upon these observations.
This visual information is translated into tactile, sculptural forms that play with line, gritty textures and matt finishes
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My collection for Surface and Substance experiments with oxidised silver wire constructions which generate strength and stability. Intertwined within these frameworks are thin enamelled binding wire elements creating a sense of fragility. The bold enamel colours are subtly highlighted with 18ct red and yellow gold settings. This combination of materials allows me to create unpredictable and spontaneous ideas for jewellery with a unique painterly quality.

Education
2008–09
 Edinburgh College of Art, MA Jewellery, Pass with Distinction
2005-08  Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 1st Class
2004–05  Leeds College of Art & Design, BTEC Diploma in Foundation Art & Design Studies, 3D Design, Distinction

Awards
2010
  Contemporary Applied Arts Membership award
2009  The Guild of Enamellers, UK  
Kenneth Benton Enamelling Award
2008  West Dean College, UK
Short Course Bursary in Creative & Experimental Enamel Techniques
Guild of Enamellers, UK Guild of Enamellers Bursary 08
Edinburgh College of Art Andrew Grant Major Bequest Award Scholarship funding MA Jewellery
The Goldsmiths Company Precious Metal Bursary

Solo Exhibitions
2011
 The Scottish Gallery ‘Contemporary Enamel Jewellery’ 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011
 Contemporary Applied Arts ‘Surface & Substance’ curated by Jessica Turrell
Assembly, Edinburgh ‘Dazzle’ Main Exhibitor
RBSA Gallery, Birmingham ‘Grafika’
Rua Red, Dublin ‘Ornament’
Flow Gallery, London ‘Fused’
J. Gestetner, Hampstead ‘Jaqualines Choice’
The Roger Billcliffe gallery, Glasgow ‘Black & Gold’
2010  Dazzle, Glasgow ‘London National Theatre Specials’
Studio Fusion, London ‘In the Frame’
NEW GALLERY, Birmingham ‘CITY’ with ACJ
West Dean Gallery, Chichester ‘Effervescence V’
Old Spitalfields Market, London ‘ORIGIN 2010’
Shetland Arts, Bonhoga Gallery ‘Finger Symbols’
Contemporary Applied Arts, London ‘Focus’
Gallery of Art Legnica, Poland ‘Silver Schools’
Saatchi Gallery, London ‘COLLECT’ with Craftscotland
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh ‘Meet Your Maker’
2009  Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow ‘Design Collection – Winter’
The Barbican, London  ‘The Designer Jewellers Group Exhibition’
SDC Gallery, London ‘Genesis 09’
Dazzle  ‘London National Theatre Specials’
Studio Fusion Gallery, London  ‘Rising Stars 09’
Galerie Marzee, Netherlands  ‘International Graduation Show’
Oakland Art Gallery, California ‘Surfacing’ – The 8th International Juried 
Student Exhibition (US Enamelist Society)
Goldsmiths Hall, London ‘Craftsmanship & Design Awards - Enamel’
2008  New Munich Trade Fair Centre ‘Inhorgenta Europe’
As Part of MANU Collection  

Collections
The Louis and Alice Koch Collection
Edinburgh College of Art Jewellery and Silversmithing Department Archive
‘Unsung Hero’s’: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary collaboration with ERI Archivists & ECA Jewellery Department
 
Publications
Turrell, J. (2010), ‘Surface and substance: A call for the fusion of skill and ideas in contemporary enamel jewellery’, Craft Research 1, pp. 85–100, doi: 10.1386/crre.1.85_1
(2010) ‘Ringing the Changes’, The Sunday Herald – The Arts, Jan 24th 10, pp.4-5
Gibson, G (2009) ‘Thinking Big and Acting Small’, Crafts, Sept/Oct 2009, pp.19-20
Johnson, P (2008) ‘New Graduate: Stacey Bentley’, Enamel, Vol 3, Oct 08, p.8
Byrom, G (2008) ‘Guild of Enamellers Bursary 2008’, The Guild of Enamellers Journal, Vol 31, winter 08, Issue 123, pp. 22-23
Bik, K (2008) ‘Studia Jubilerskie w Szkocji’, Polski Jubiler, NR 11 (65), p32
Boyer, P (2009) ‘Guild of Enamellers Student Bursary’, Craft & Design, Issue 204, p82 - 83

 

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