Born and brought up in the creative environment of West Cornwall, jeweller and craftsman Shelley Anderson first started toying with metal in his dad’s garage. This lead him on to train in Silversmithing and Metal Fabrication at Falmouth College of Art.
Shelley has since gained recognition and funding to further his work in restoration from the York Conservation Society.
Shelley uses new and innovative techniques to compliment his traditional metal working skills. Inspired by roaming the coastline and landscape of West Cornwall, he lives and works in the industrial fishing port of Newlyn.
By working in different metals, and recycled materials he allows the end result to be free, spare and organic, sometimes dramatic and sometimes understated, but always allowing his hand crafted materials to speak for themselves.
Hand shaped bronze
Starting from a flat sheet shelley forms the shapes free hand. Using ancient techniques to have the most amount of control and freedom in the shapes he produces. Using his study of the seas ripples and swells to inspire him.
Sea life bronzes
Shelley uses the creatures he catches while out freediving and spearfishing, taking moulds directly from the specimens. developing innovative ways of taking moulds from soft organic forms and new taxidermy methods.
Organic chemical patinas
In an effort to recreate the natural forming patinas found around Newlyn harbour and the Cornish coastline. Shelley has spent the last 3 years developing chemical recipes. these then develop textures and patinas as the chemical reactions take place. this reaction occurs in a sealed atmosphere and can take several weeks.