Arts Council of Wales | Pamela Rawnsley
Pamela Rawnsley

Pamela Rawnsley

Applied Arts and Craft

Pamela-RawnsleyBorn in Devon, Pamela originally trained in ceramics and glass, followed by a short course in jewellery.

She has been working as an applied artist since the early 1980s, with a variety of materials, before focusing on metals. Fifteen years ago Pamela moved from the Welsh-English border to mid-Wales, where the influence of the surrounding landscape has led to her working at a larger scale.

For the last 10 years she has concentrated on vessel forms in silver. These have been widely exhibited, including internationally, and are represented in many public collections.


This Creative Wales Award will enable Pamela to research and produce a new body of work, in various ways.

Out of the North: Pamela RawnsleyHer current work as a silversmith has focused on a strong sense of place, connected to her immediate surroundings. She now have the opportunity to discover her visual response to a completely different environment, that of South Australia.

As well as spending some time documenting the landscape in all its contrasts to mid-Wales, Pamela has been offered a visiting artist residency at internationally renowned JamFactory, Adelaide, within their Metal Design Studio.

After many years of working solely in silver, Pamela wants to include other metals in her work. She will now be able to research different ways of fabricating, and possibly colouring, the new pieces and intends to look at both ancient and contemporary technology. This will involve travel within Wales, and to Dublin and Edinburgh.

She will also be spending time, at various points, as artist in residence at Ruthin Craft Centre, where she will begin to bring together the various strands of this project and discover where this leads her.

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