Michael Carberry’s practice is very personal, fuelled by a true passion for making and a desire to try and engage with as wide an audience as possible. His work is not led by fashion or the market or other art practices, instead it is about what he considers jewellery to be, or what it can be, given the right encouragement and opportunity.
Carberry aims to create work that reflects the process of its construction, allowing the surface qualities produced to trace their own development. Hammer and file marks are not removed, creating a visual reference to illustrate the techniques and physical properties of his work. This intuitive approach to manipulating metal helps to capture a feeling of spontaneity and freshness contained within the resulting artefacts. Some of the pieces look as if they have grown from the metal; they are hammered and forged into strong bold sculptural forms that capture the force and energy involved in the process of making them.