jewellery designer marian hosking

It's not often that jewellery designers are given the opportunity to exhibit in galleries. So it's a testament to the talent of Marian Hosking that her works are on show again. In fact, Marian is such a talent that the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft exhibition, which started at Sydney's Object Gallery, is now on tour across the country - literally; its current home is Perth's Form Gallery until October 31. Yes, Marian is one of Australia's leading jewellers, creating the first jewellery course at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. She also lectured at RMIT for 10 years and most recently has worked as Head of the Jewellery and Metal Department at Monash University, Melbourne. And it's not surprising, given her talent, that her pieces are held in national and international collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Powerhouse Museum.

What five words best describe you? Committed, loyal, stubborn, straight forward, craftsperson.
What's your proudest achievement? Being a mother.
What was the starting point for this exhibition? To make a body of jewellery and objects from a personal perspective, by selecting and interpreting into silver motifs that allude to places and species, some common and some rare or endangered. Jewellery finds other readings when bought, given and worn and so shares knowledge through craft practice.
Who inspires you? Lots of people, colleagues, friends and excellent makers.
What are you passionate about? Contemporary jewellery.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Try to leave a place better than you found it.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet?
Louise Bourgeois.
What are you reading? The pile of books beside my bed, but I cannot recall the titles.

Images courtesy of
Marian Hosking, Julian Hutchens, Object Gallery and Form Gallery