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Ann Welton copper and enamel Australian jewellery designer Town & Country Gallery Yarragon Gippsland

Ann Welton

Ann Welton discovered the delights of silver smithing and the hammering room whilst studying for an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology (Jewellery) at NMIT, Melbourne. The course prompted her to continue studies at RMIT University, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Gold and Silver Smithing, Honours) and took the opportunity to extend her exploration of the expressive capacity of vessels and of texture.

Copper has become Ann’s material of choice primarily due to its inherent ‘willingness’ to take on surface treatments and its forgiving nature. Her country upbringing has promoted a focus on texture and expression of the subtle colours of the landscape and ocean in her work: copper curls, resemble the bark on young gum trees; soft iridescent enamelled shapes are like the fragments of shells; ageing corrugated iron, associated with rural Australia, is reflected in Ann’s ribbed, multi-hued earrings.

Ann’s previous occupations as a teacher in the disability sector and as a speech pathologist are also represented in her work. She has sought to make jewellery more inclusive and meaningful to the visually impaired through surface treatments; Braille messages are beautifully expressed in sequences on the individual tubular pieces on her necklaces.

Recent Covid lockdowns have also influenced Ann’s work: circles representing the 5km travel restriction radius; while ovals represent the temptation to break out of the confines of that circle. Always looking for a positive, during lockdowns Ann found time to focus on the wonders of the natural world in her neighbourhood; the subtle seasonal changes that may otherwise be over-looked in the busyness of normal life.

Selection of current works