Siân Elizabeth Evans MSDC

Metal Work

About Siân Elizabeth
Siân has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with the natural world, especially geology and palaeontology. Much of her pleasure in smithing comes from interacting with metal and minerals. Coppersmithing is, for Siân, where the sweet spot between physics and art lies.
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Marrying knowledge from a traditional apprenticeship in a forge with a love of natural history, Siân produces exquisite oxidised pieces of copperwork. Her mirrors, bowls, boxes and vases are narrated by fine metal appliqué and punctuated by set gemstones and rivets. Here contemporary elegance meets traditional values and craftsmanship. This is the unmistakable touch of a woman’s hand.

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Career

2007 (to present) Coppersmith. Sole trader producing handcrafted copperwork, including mirrors, bowls, vases and boxes; ecclesiastical commissions and sculptural work

2016 (to present) STEM Ambassador, show presenter and science explainer at The Observatory Science Centre

1991 – 1994 Apprenticed to coppersmith Sam Fanaroff BEM FSDC at Glynleigh Studios in Pevensey, East Sussex. Trained in repairs and restoration work. Designed and made mirrors, bowls, lamps, vases and sculptural objects. Exhibited and sold in galleries and craft exhibitions.

Qualifications

2018 (to present) PhD Student at the University of Sheffield - researching the hidden history of women metalsmiths

2005 MA by Project (Metal) London Metropolitan University

Awards

2018 San Miguel Rich List

2016 & 2014 Crafts & Design Magazine Selected Awards - Finalist

2015 Crafts & Design Magazine Selected Awards - Silver

2011 Membership of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

2011 Churchill Fellow - Travelling Fellowship to France, Greece and India: “Coppersmithing – Researching Traditional Techniques, Ancient Origins and Modern Contexts”

2004 QEST Scholar Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Media

2015 Featured in The Sunday Telegraph “Join the Craft Revolution”

2010 Featured in Channel 4’s “Kirstie’s Homemade Home” Series Two Episode Six

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