Metalsmith Claire Malet finds her inspiration in natural forms and landscapes, and in the exploration of the relationship between the metals with which she works and the environment from which they are sourced. Sculptural vessels are the focus of her practice: she considers vessels to be universal and essential objects, featuring in daily mundane use and also playing leading roles at occasions of celebration and honour.
She considers the manmade through her on-going work with ‘found’ metal cans, through which she explores ideas of production, transformation, renewal through decay and reuse, and notions of perceived value. Taking a ‘throw-away’, mass-produced food-can, she transforms it into a ‘precious’ vessel. Each piece is inspired by an element of the natural world: a rock formation, a woodland in winter.
In contrast, when working in silver, Malet makes pieces which focus on vessels and objects discarded by nature: a curl of split bark, a seed pod. In doing so, she makes pieces which - in contrast to those made from manmade tin-cans - transforms and draws attention to the value of a ‘throw-away’ object from nature.