Caroline Matthaei
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Goldsmith turned Sculptor: Trained in her native Germany as a goldsmith (journeyman) and jewellery designer - specializing in repoussage. The introduction of wood as an additional medium made the gradual transition from jewellery to decorative art to sculpture possible. A childhood preoccupation with making characters re-emerged - first in form of carved heads - then the full figure. The combination of carved wood and repousse metal lay at the heart of her MA research. More recently her larger figures have been made of plaster and hay or straw. The latest and smallest figures have been made of porcelain. A balance of imagination and observation are evident in all the sculptures. Carrying over skills (and even misappropriating kitchen tools) from one media to the next has been at the core of the journey until now.

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