Siân Elizabeth Evans

2004 QEST Scholarship - Coppersmithing
East Sussex

In 2004 a QEST Scholarship enabled Siân to return to coppersmithing a decade after her apprenticeship, setting off a chain of extraordinary events and opportunities.

After ten years as a full-time parent of four, she enrolled at London Metropolitan University and completed an MA by Project (Metal) in twelve months. In the same year she built her first workshop and began a small business making one-off pieces of bespoke copperwork and undertaking commissions.

In 2011 Siân was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to France, Greece and India researching the origins of coppersmithing. In 2018 she began a PhD at the University of Sheffield looking at the hidden history of female metalsmiths and in 2019 represented Great Britain in UNESCO’s 1st International Festival of Handicrafters in Uzbekistan.
Coppersmithing is the bedrock of all Siân’s activities and her passion for this beautiful and ancient craft remains at the core.

Marrying knowledge from a traditional apprenticeship in a forge with a love of natural history, Siân produces exquisite oxidised pieces of copperwork. Her mirrors, bowls, boxes and vases are narrated by fine metal appliqué and punctuated by set gemstones and rivets. Here contemporary elegance meets traditional values and craftsmanship – this is the unmistakable touch of a woman’s hand.

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