Glasgow School of Design Silversmithing & Jewellery

Caius Bearder (He/Him)

My designs stem from my love for the coasts of my home island of Guernsey, specifically the forms and shapes found in rockpools and cliff faces. The island’s rich and expansive history has left its coasts with a patchwork of architectural structures, from Napoleonic forts to Brutalist German concrete bunkers. In contrast to these harsh geometries, I also draw inspiration from the multitude of natural coastal forms, especially those found in rockpools and at the base of cliff faces. From this, I use my designs to combine the natural textures and shapes of organic sea life with the encroaching geometry of manmade seaside architecture. I work using a range of metals and finishes, which encourage viewer interaction with the work, using the innate preciousness and weight of the metal to help communicate both the grounded physicality of the coastal constructions and the fragility of the smaller organic elements. The final designs use a range of traditional silversmithing techniques such as chasing and press forming to help reflect this contrast, resulting in tactile, contemporary final outcomes.

Contact
caiusbearderdesign@gmail.com
C.Bearder1@student.gsa.ac.uk
@caiusbearderdesign
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Works
Caius Bearder Design Portfolio
Mollusc Dishes
Contrast Brooches
Vessels and Ornaments
Cutlery

Caius Bearder Design Portfolio

Caius Bearder Design Portfolio

This portfolio shows the series of refined designs which I have developed for this graduation event, along with some of my inspiration and development. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries!

Mollusc Dishes

These pieces were inspired by the delicate sea life and shells which can be found on Guernsey’s coasts at low tide.

Mollusc Dish

90x50x30mm Copper, silver wire Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Mollusc Dish (Interior)

90x50x30mm Copper, silver wire Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Mollusc Dish (Exterior)

90x50x30mm Copper, silver wire Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Mollusc Dish 2

85x60x15mm Sterling Silver Press forming, chasing, repousse

Mollusc Dish 3

95x45x30mm Sterling Silver Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering

Mollusc Dish 3

95x45x30mm Sterling Silver Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering

Cockle Wire box

Decorative ornament, Silver, Gold plated. Digital Render

Rock wire boxes open

Decorative ornament, Silver, Gold plated. Digital Render

Contrast Brooches

These brooches explore the contrasting forms of Guernsey’s geometric coastal architecture and the organic shapes of its sea life.

Contrast Brooch 1

95x60x10mm Silver (0.7mm sheet) Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Contrast Brooch 2

95x60x10mm Silver (0.7mm sheet), matte finish Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering

Contrast Brooch 5

90x65x10mm Silver (0.7mm sheet), polished finish Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering

Silver Brooch

Brooch, Amethyst, silver.

Gold grid brooch

Brooch, Silver, keumboo, oxidised. Digital Render

Keumboo Brooch collection

Brooch Collection, Silver, keumboo, oxidised. Digital render

Patina Keumboo Brooch 2

Brooch, silver, keumboo, patinated surface. Digital render

Patina Keumboo Brooch

Brooch, silver, keumboo, patinated. Digital Render

Vessels and Ornaments

These pieces explore the contrast between architectural shapes and organic textures through a combination of simple geometric forms and detailed natural areas.

Seaside Tumbler 1

75x75x60mm Copper (0.7mm sheet) Raising, chasing, repousse

Seaweed Vase 1

70x70x120mm Copper (0.7mm sheet) Press forming, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Rockpool Ornament 1

90x90x40mm Copper Spinning, score-and-fold, chasing, repousse, soldering, oxidisation

Vase 2

Vase, Silver, Gold plated. oxidised. Digital Render

Oxide vase

Round Vase, Silver, gold plated, keumboo, oxidised. Digital Render

2 tumblers

Sister tumblers, Silver, Gold plated. Digital Render

Tumbler 3

Tumbler, Silver, gold plated. Digital Render

Vessel 2

Decorative vessel, silver, gold plated. Digital Render

Cutlery

Salt Spoon

Small spoon, Silver, gold plated. Digital Render

Pepper Spoon

Small spoon, silver, gold plated. Digital render

Shell spoons

Sister spoons, silver, Guernsey pink granite. Digital render

Cutlery Trio

Set of cutlery, silver, oxidised, Guernsye pink Granite. Digital render

Rock cutlery

Spoon and Knife, silver, oxidised. Digital render