Fluxplay Jewellery
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  • Devon
  • United Kingdom
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A warm welcome to you. I am a studio art-jeweller and metalsmith.

Every piece is designed, constructed and handmade from scratch by me, Maria Whetman in my TINY workshop in Devon. Reclaimed 'tin' (printed steel), vintage materials and found objects abound in my designs. I like my work to tell a story, have a personality and above all, to be well-made to a high standard.

My workshop consists of....just me, my basic tools and equipment, I make some of my own simple tools and generally try to keep my work as low-impact as possible, partly because it's just me in a very small space just a few feet square..

Between 1987 and 1993 I trained at Hereford College of Art, Central Saint Martins (London) and Cardiff Institute for teacher training (Cardiff Uni').

When I'm not designing, making, attending craftshows or building orders for galleries then I'm teaching at Plymouth College of Art, studying for my MA Design "Maker & Materials" at the University of Plymouth....and finally, being a mum.

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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
The Devon-Cornwall border in the UK.
Place of Work ? Example: Studio, College, Gallery, Museum, ...)
Teach at an Art college and Jewellery Schools, and make my work in my 8ft by 6ft workspace..
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
Using recycled tin, mixed metals and found objects, making stuff that's cheerful, a little fun, affordable and appealing, lighthearded and unintimidating. I'm a small-scale maker that can't stop experimenting...I love to learn and also try new things. I learn from the students that I teach, from the books that I read and the other artists and cratsman that I'm fortunate enough to meet every week.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.
http://www.fluxplay.co.uk
What media do you work with?
Metals, Found materials, concrete, resins.

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At 11:28am on January 9, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through January 15, 2015.
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At 11:52am on May 3, 2013, L. Sue Szabo said…

congrats on your feature maria.

sue, from etsymetal

At 1:03pm on September 1, 2010, Rickson said…
Stunning! Your settings highlight the materials perfectly! I hope you sell your work (etsy?) as it begs to be worn and owned. :)
Rickson
At 11:49am on August 2, 2010, 2Roses said…
Thank you Maria
At 8:45am on June 13, 2010, Linda Kaye-Moses said…
Hey,
Congrats on being featured artist. The work is energetic, and interesting, and engaging, and just plain fun.

Linda Kaye-Moses
At 7:46am on June 13, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
You are welcome ! Enjoy.
At 9:42pm on June 12, 2010, Lisa Colby said…
Your work is wonderful! You have a great way of handling recycled materials.
At 4:22pm on May 6, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
Maria:

I thought you might enjoy this crafthaus artist:

http://crafthaus.ning.com/profile/HarrieteEstelBerman

Harriete Estel Berman's work is amazing and probably right up your alley :-)
At 1:38pm on May 6, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
Glad to have you Maria :-) Enjoy.
Brigitte
At 9:54am on May 6, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
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