Sapphires, rubies, emeralds are smashed and then reconstructed on precious metal structures to create an innovative body of work. Some of the results are carefully planned and designed, while others evolve naturally from the intrinsic qualities of the materials. Like the experiences of personal life, there is always destruction and loss, yet out of these processes come new things and new orders. My jewellery illustrates this theme of chaos and re-creation. There is always order in chaos. We lose things and we gain things. It is a constant motion, an unstoppable force.
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In this course you will have the possibility to explore and experiment with different setting techniques and find new ways to use them in an unconventional way.
Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th February, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Download the flyer here
During this course you will explore and experiment with different casting processes and use them in an unconventional way. Traditional techniques like sand, water, ice and cuttlefish casting will be taught and used as the starting point of your creative journey. You will be encouraged to ‘cast outside the box’ and take the process literally outside the studio, to cast into gaps, cracks and other items in the street.
Thursday 9th September – Saturday 11th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Download the flyer here
This workshop will explore how metamorphosis can be used as a theme in jewellery making and design. The aim is to achieve new and innovative outcomes through transformative processes and consecutive changes. Pieces will be created by using a method of step-by-step alteration. The focus will be on the making process as an important catalyst for creating innovative designs – the journey is as important as the end product.
Monday 24th – Friday 28th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Download the 2016 flyer here
Kelvin has been successfully teaching jewellery making and other art related subjects for nearly 20 years in different colleges in Britain, Europe and Asia. Read more...
Kelvin offers one day courses as well as 1 to 1 classes.
Please contact him for more information about the cost and the dates of the next classes.
Course information with directions and a map can be downloaded here.
After Graduating in Goldsmithing and jewellery making at the Berufsfachschule fuer Glas und Schmuck, Germany, Kelvin J. Birk took his MA in Silversmithing and Jewellery (awarded with distinction) from the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London, UK (1997).
Kelvin J. Birk produces jewellery as well as larger objects, mainly in silver and gold with all types of gemstones. Read more...
Within his work he crushes precious gemstones and glues them back together, sometimes in a random uncontrolled shape, other times in a more controlled manner and then combines these stones with jewellery pieces or objects in precious metal. Within his work he is consciously disregarding what is traditionally considered precious. Birk revels in a lack of control, allows chaos to take over and the nature of the precious materials to dictate the final outcome of the pieces. His collection is constantly developing and through different creative processes new pieces emerge all the time, ensuring that no two are identical.
Like the experiences of personal life, there is always destruction and loss yet out of these processes come new things and new orders. Kelvin J. Birk’s jewellery illustrates this theme of chaos and re-creation. There is always order in chaos, we lose things and we gain things. It is a constant.
His work has been featured in numerous publications including Wallpaper, Tatler, Vogue, Elle Decoration, the Independent, Evening Standard, Harpers and Queen and was chosen as the poster image to represent London Guildhall University in a High-profile London Underground advertising campaign. It can also be seen in a range of jewellery and design books.
Kelvin J. Birk exhibited at numerous fairs and exhibitions in Great Britain, many European countries, the USA and Taiwan. His work won him several prizes and awards and he received several grants from different funding bodies.
Kelvin is available for consultations and happy to discuss special commissions and bespoke pieces. He became a specialist in up-cycling old jewellery, where he recycles your unworn jewellery into a stunning new wearable piece of jewellery.
2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition Jury Section
Touring exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA 13.Dec 2015 – 13. March 2016 a piece of each jury member of the Competition is being shown alongside all the winning and shortlisted pieces of the competition. The Exhibititon started in Taiwan in 2015 and is now touring in the USA. A PDF with more information can be found here
Cockpit Arts Summer Open Days, 2nd – 5th June 2016
30 Years anniversary of Cockpit Arts
Kelvin is happy to undertake special commissions. Please contact him under firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7691 8080
You can view and purchase my work in the following galleries:
Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt – Norfolk, NR25 6BW
CAA, contemporary applied arts, 89 Southwark St, London SE1 0HX
Juergen Pruell - Schmuck und Geraet, Weiden
Kelvin is available for commissions and consultations:
Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard
Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP
T: +44 (0)20 7691 8080
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