Shelley Anderson, a coppersmith who works with various metals, comes from the village of Newlyn in Cornwall, where coppersmithing was once a thriving industry. Shelley aims to keep the craft alive, explaining: “I am passionate about working with copper and very keen to master the materials and acquire the skills to manipulate them.”
To fund his studies, Shelley designed and produced his own range of jewellery as well as a series of marine life, including lobsters and swordfish, made entirely from recycled cutlery.
The QEST Scholarship allowed Shelley to focus on his one-year apprenticeship at The Copper Works under the tutelage of Michael Johnson, where he undertook a diverse range of assignments from restoration and repairs of water features and interior ornaments as well as work from the National Trust and ecclesiastical projects.
Since being granted a Scholarship Shelley has worked on pieces for Disney, Harrods and Hilton, and regularly teaches classes. Currently Shelley is building a large roof sculpture for Eton College and preparing for upcoming exhibitions in London. ?