contemporary metalsmith + designer
A Canadian jewellery designer and goldsmith, Berkeley Brown graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. After graduating, Berkeley moved to Glasgow, Scotland where she completed an artist in residency program at the Glasgow School of Art and gained professional experience working for a local jewellery designer and gallery.
Berkeley is currently working as an independent jeweller in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work is inspired by her love of jewellery’s potential for precise movement and interaction, in combination with an interest in the traditions, passion, and aesthetics involved with baking, food preparation, and cooking utensils.
Making everything by hand at her bench, Berkeley works with silver, gold, and enamel, focusing on the small scale intricacy that metal enables. Necklaces inspired by whisks and spatulas, along with rings that spin in a way that recalls the motion of whisking leave the practicalities of the original inspirational form behind, creating whimsical
In addition to creating her line of whimsical jewellery, Berkeley works as an instructor and technician at NSCAD University.
Bio photos by Daniel Matheson.