Juliette Bigley MSDC

Metal Work

About Juliette
Our lives are lived through and brightened by the objects with which we surround ourselves and which frame our exchanges with the world, and Juliette uses both these objects’ characters and our interactions with these objects as a starting point for her work. Juliette's work draws on the traditions of silversmithing and still-life to create sculptures that are at once familiar and abstract, re-interpreting the recognisable forms of vessels – bowls, vases or containers - to create ambiguous spaces in which questions about how we relate to the physical world around us can be asked.
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Juliette trained at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design gaining BA (First Class) and a research MA (Distinction).

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Design Miami, ArtGeneve, Tresor Contemporary Craft and Collect. She was selected by the Design Council as one of their Ones to Watch, for potential to contribute to the future of Britain as a design nation. She has been featured in, amongst others, CRAFTS Magazine, Craft and Design Magazine, the Evening Standard and the FT’s How to Spend It. She has work in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Irish State collection, has received funding from the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Programme and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and produced her first publication Material Perspectives in 2018.

Working in base and precious metals, she uses the vessel-form as a canvas on which to explore how we experience our emotional and physical place in the world and how we negotiate the interface between the physical world that surrounds us and the intangible worlds of emotion, belief, thought, language and memory. Focussing particularly on lines, thresholds and liminal spaces, her vessels explore notions of function rather than function itself.

All of Juliette's pieces begin as flat sheets or metal and are unique, or unique pieces from within a series, sometimes taking the form of individual pieces, sometimes as pairs and often as groups that can be arranged and rearranged to create different narratives.

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2015 MA (Research), Silversmithing: Distinction, The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design;

2013 BA (Hons) Silversmithing: First Class, The Cass;

2010 BTech Level 1: Distinction, Kensington and Chelsea College;

2002 MSc Voluntary Sector Policy, London School of Economics;

2001 MA, English Literature, University of Edinburgh;


2018: Collect Open Award, Collect Awards 2018;

2017: Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts funding award;

2016: Silver Trust Award for a Body of Work; Silver and Bronze Awards, 3D Design, Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council;

2015: Special Mention, Goldsmiths’ Fair, The Goldsmiths’ Company; Design Council ‘Ones to Watch’ for potential to contribute to British Design;

2014: Gil Packard Bursary, Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council; Society of Designer Craftsmen Distinction Award;

2013: The Cass Award for Excellence (also 2011); Simon Benney Award; British Jewellers Association Award for Silversmithing; Argex Award for a Body of Work; Centrepunch Award for a Body of Work

Selected exhibitions


‘Opening Narratives’, Hauser & Wirth Make, Bruton, Somerset

Goldsmiths’ Fair (2014 onwards; selections by Zaha Hadid; Julia Peyton-Jones; Brian Kennedy; Christina Jansen)

Homo Faber, Michael Angelo Foundation, Venice

Galerie Handwerk, Munich

Collect: Collect Open and exhibiting with Goldsmiths’ Fair

Cosmima and Fortnum and Mason Contemporary Silver, London Craft Week


Design Miami with Sarah Myerscough, Miami, USA

Metal Project at Tresor Contemporary Craft, Basel

Art Geneve, with Taste Contemporary Craft, Geneva (also 2014 and 2016)

ArtRooms, London


A Future Made: Crafts’ Council International Showcasing Project

Silver Speaks, Contemporary British Silversmiths at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Future Heritage at Decorex; John Higgins Contemporary Silver (also 2014 and 2015)

Roger Billcliffe Gallery (from 2013); Bluecoat Display Centre;
Aram Gallery; Cambridge Contemporary Art;

British Silver Week (also 2013 and 2014); Design Days Dubai, with the Crafts Council

Meister der Moderne (Modern Masters), Handwerkmesse, Munich


Made London; Desire Silversmithing and Jewellery Fair (also 2014)

Mappin and Webb Contemporary Silver with Contemporary British Silversmiths


Maker in Focus, Gloucestershire Guild; Fortnum and Mason, curated exhibition

Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

London Design Week, Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery, Rivington Street,

London Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin; Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon

Rising Stars Exhibition, Farnham, Milton Keynes and Bury St Edmunds

The Mall, 2014, The Mall Gallery, with Society of Designer Craftsmen, London


Handmade in Britain 2013, London, (2012, 2013); Shine 2013, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London

designjunction, part of London Design Week, London; New Designers 2013, London

Silber-Sommer-Gallerie, Munich (also 2012)


2017: V&A Museum, Permanent Collection (Balancing Bowl 3)

2015: Irish State Collection, Lucky for One (selection)

Various private collections.

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