World class jewellery artist takes summer residency at UWE

Issue date: 20 July 2009

A necklace by Professor Robert Ebendorf A world class craftsperson known for his innovative jewellery and enameling techniques will visit Bristol this summer to take up residency at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England.

The CFPR is playing host to Professor Robert Ebendorf as the Visiting Practitioner Professorship in Applied Arts that has been awarded in recognition of his eminence as an applied artist and for his research in enamel.

Professor Ebendorf will be in residence from 22 July to 3 August 2009 where he will create new work for an exhibition at UWE's Bower Ashton Campus, to be shown during the IMPACT conference in September.

Elizabeth Turrell from UWE's Enamel Research Unit, said, “Robert Ebendorf is a leader in the field of contemporary craft, an innovator in American jewellery and is globally renowned for his enamel work. Since the 1960s he has been one of the leaders in exploring alternative materials and has pioneered that most American of jewellery forms, narrative jewellery.

“Famous for finding objects that are under appreciated or overlooked by society Professor Ebendorf gives them a new life. Objects such as fossils, animal claws, or even pull tops from lids have all found their way into his art. He has reshaped our understanding of adornment; his jewellery has transformed the field. His success as a teacher has widened the opportunities for makers and audiences alike and his influence can be found everywhere jewellery and metal work are made.”

Work by Robert Ebendorf is held in many museum and gallery collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum, American Craft Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. In 2004 a 40-year retrospective of Ebendorf's work toured the country with a final destination at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. Also in 2004, he was inducted into the Metalsmith Hall of Fame.


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