Nettie Birch MSDC


About Nettie
Nettie Birch's company nbNg makes jewellery, raised vessels & sculptural pieces using aluminium, copper & sterling silver. Her jewellery centres on the technique of fold-forming, folding sheet metal & compressing & stretching it by hammering. Nettie’s raised work seeks to connect the skill of silversmithing with contemporary materials such as aluminium & copper to give these “ordinary” metals a more “extraordinary” presence.
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nbNg is the work of self instructed metalsmith & jeweller Nettie Birch. Nettie started her practice full time after being made redundant from the printing ink industry and uses her problem-solving background to explore the limits of material and technique.

Nettie uses the relatively new discipline of fold-forming to make tablewares and jewellery, predominantly in silver. She also utilises the far older skill of hand raising to create vessels from copper and aluminium, seeking to make these ordinary metals seem extraordinary. Her most recent pieces have been experimenting with the wide-ranging patination possibilities of copper, after a decade, bringing her back to colour and chemistry elements of her former career.

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Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Forma Collective presents ClayLeatherMetalStoneWood - London UK

2016 Designer Makers at The Mall – Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries

2014 “Inspire” - Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, UK

2013 “Make” - Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK

2012 “30 Years of Jewellery” - The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds UK

Selected Craft & Design Shows

2020 Craft Festival Cheltenham - online, GNCCF Summer - online

2019 Lustre - Nottingham, Made London Marylebone, Welbeck Winter Weekend - Harley Art Market

2018 Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair - Winchester

2017 Made Canary Wharf, Salisbury Contemporary Craft, Handmade at Kew

2016 Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Made By Hand Cardiff

2015 “Craft” (Olympia), Made By Hand Cardiff, GNCCF, Made Brighton

2012 -2017 Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Show


New Creative Markets - creative industry professional development programme at SPACE- 2014 intake


1 Day Fold Forming Workshops – CreatStudio, Faversham, UK

Various Dates 2014-2017

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