What is the inspiration for your most recent collection featured at MADE?
I have always loved the idea of wearable sculptures and making jewellery is a really great way to explore this. My structure collection is where I am most inspired as I can really play with three-dimensional form. I loved creating the earrings for this collection, although making them match was sometimes a challenge!
When did you realise that working in metal was something you wanted to do and how does it compare to working with other materials?
I did the Artist, Design: Maker course at Cardiff School of Art and Design. It’s a very diverse course that introduces you to a lot of processes and materials including ceramics, glass and metal. The metal workshops were always where I felt most confident. I feel you have a lot more freedom with metal as you know you can always melt it down again and re-use it if you don’t like what you make. This is something I do a lot when I make jewellery as I tend to design while making, I have little drawings that I work from for my collections, but the finished jewellery rarely has exactly the same qualities as the drawings.
How does your work as an artist and jewellery designer compare in terms of how you feel about the process, and are there any similarities?
I make larger scale works in my artistic practice, usually working with casting bronze and pewter. I don’t tend to cast much in my jewellery practice, preferring to construct directly from wire and sheet material. In that regard, my two practices are quite different. I do however use digital tools in both my practices. I frequently make designs on my computer to view them in three-dimensions, printing the ones that I think look interesting on my 3D printer to then develop into new designs. With the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been focusing on my jewellery practice for most of this year and I have definitely honed in on my finishing skills. When I do get back to creating larger works, I think my eye for detail will be more developed and I think the way I work will have changed slightly. I’m interested to see how this prolonged distance from larger scale working will affect my practice.
What are your ambitions *(creative and otherwise) for this year ?
I’m hoping to return to making larger sculptures in time but for now I am focusing on some new designs for my jewellery. I have a fair few commissions to be getting on with so that will keep me busy for a while!
Inplico is a sustainable jewellery collection designed and made by Roz Adams. Roz has lived and worked in Cardiff since graduating from the 'Artist, Designer: Maker' programme at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2016. While at university, Roz specialised in larger scale bronze and pewter casting. Since finishing her studies, she has turned her attention to making smaller scale objects, maintaining a strong connection with her roots. Roz has worked with small independent jewellery businesses across South Wales to develop her skills and has been able to combine her sculptural practice with goldsmithing. Recently Roz has started making and selling her own jewellery and set up Inplico Design.