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    Tamara Rookes

    TR Cup II Ring

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    Tamara Rookes


Artist Biography

I cast each of my pieces myself. I use a Japanese technique called Shibuichi which combines silver and copper in the casting process. I do this because it creates a warmth within the metal. Where there are high components of copper, the resulting oxidisation of the piece becomes more dramatic. Therefore, I advise my work is not cleaned or polished. It is my intension the pieces will change over time and generate a unique appearance through wear. Given the presence of copper, an oxidisation reaction can occur on some people’s skin. It doesn’t indicate an allergy and can be easily washed. If you get requests for different sizing, please let me know. I am happy to accommodate by casting a new piece in a different size.

I make all my works to be talisman, protectors of the wearer.

Aside from the basic 25% silver to 75% copper mix, combinations as divergent as 5% silver to 95% copper are also marketed as “shibuichi”.[1] A wide range of colours can be achieved using the whole range of alloy compositions, even above 50% silver, e.g. 90% copper and 10% silver for a dark grey and down to 70% copper and 30% silver for lighter grey

Ceramicist. Jeweller. Tamara Rookes creates works in two different trajectories. Clay and metal. Despite these two usually divergent processes and materials, each of her pieces exhibits cohesion with each other and within her overall practice.

Rookes’ eye for design and construction can be traced back to her formal studies at Fashion School. It was there she began to develop her own take on juxtaposition, the elegant balance between raw and refined which she has honed over time.

Light and darkness connect Rookes back to her Scandinavian heritage. The brightness of a glowing kiln, the intense heat of casting metal like the fires of the Viking metalsmiths. Towards the periphery, in the shadows, we catch fleeting glimpses of her subject matter, faces, birds and mythical creatures in the night-time woods.

Rooke’s practice is driven by experimentation and curiosity, fuelled by her interest in the alchemy of metals. Blending metals, applying heat, casting, observing reactions, residues and changes of state are all part of the process her works go through before they are complete. “The casting process follows on from my work in clay, a translation of process into another material. It is a sculptural approach to constructing ceramics and jewellery”. From that point onwards, it is important to Rookes they continue to develop their own patina as they take on a life of their own.


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