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Introducing Florence Carter

Where did you hear about the Starter Studio Programme?

The history of the city as well as the jewellery and metalwork course at Sheffield Hallam University brought me to Sheffield over 3 years ago. I recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam and I had heard about the starter studio thought my tutors and past students who had gone on the start their career there.

Can you describe your practice?

My graduate work consisted of a collection contemporary interlocking candleholders and salt and pepper pinch pots, as well as a pair of small bowls (see image). I enjoy the process of scoring and folding metal creating clean crisp angles and lines and this is something I hope to continue experimenting on during my time on the starter program.

During my time here I would like to gain a better understanding of running a business and how to go about marketing my work. I hope to continue developing my making and designing skills through the commission opportunities and the mentor and technical support that the starter studio offers. So far I have really enjoyed meeting new people on the course as well as around the building. It is great having such a well equipped studio to start working in again. I have got stuck in straight away and I am currently designing for a competitive commission to produce a piece for the Civic Collection in the Town Hall, as well as making a medal for the Chair of the Board of Governors for Sheffield Hallam University.

Where can people see your work?

I will be taking part in the Open Studios but unfortunately I will not have many finished pieces on show as most of my work is currently on display as part of Shine 2013 at the Goldsmiths Centre in London. I will be showing some of my current design work and will welcome people’s input and thoughts. I hope to be working in metal again by then so please feel free to come and watch or ask any questions you may have.