Jacky Oliver

Jacky studied at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art. Her career has two mutually beneficial aspects to it – her own practice creating work for commissions, residencies and exhibitions and the facilitation of others’ artistic work. Working mainly in metal she utilizes a range of techniques and processes, including jewellery, silversmithing and blacksmithing skills to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces. The one thing common to all her work regardless of scale is the attention to detail, gained from her training as a jeweller.

She has a broad and open approach to exploring the various themes that her projects have led to. Working in a process led way, ideas are allowed to be fluid, making full use of thorough research and thoughtful interpretation of the subject. She then selects the appropriate technique, materials and scale to create a well informed considered final outcome.

“My work brings together research from museums, archives and working with others to inform the final artefacts.”

Working from the archives in Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum as part of the project Muse: Makers in Museums, her piece is now part of the permanent collection. Other projects include residencies at Leicester Botanic Gardens, Poole Museum/Muse De Liberation, Cherbourg D Day 70 and a site-specific piece for a National Trust Barn in Somerset.

Enthusiastic to ensure that others also appreciate the diversity and potential of working in metal and other materials, Jacky has taught at a number of institutions, teaching on Undergraduate and Foundation courses.

Website: www.jackyoliver.co.uk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jackyolivermetalwork



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