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Biography

1981 – Now

 

Born in Glaneirw, Wales and raised in rural New Zealand, Welfe Bowyer is a Melbourne based Artist (since 2009) who graduated from the Victoria School of Architecture in Wellington, New Zealand in 2005. He has always been interested in designing three-dimensional forms irrespective of scale. An award-winning student (Dulux Architecture design award 2004), he simultaneously began experimenting with jewellery design while working in Architecture in Melbourne. This allowed him the perfect medium with which to conceptualise, experiment and create on a scale different to that of architecture.

Aesthetic

2009 – Now

 

Predominantly self taught, in combination with studying skills courses at NMIT, Welfe’s jewellery has its emphasis on form and structure, material combinations, and hand made textures that are used to bind elements. He is more likely to draw inspiration from the brutalist forms of Carlo Scarpa, Sculptor Richard Serra or the processes of deconstructivist Gordon Matta-Clark, than of his fellow peers.

 

“I like to create hand made textures with common alloys of Bronze, Silver and Gold and combine them in unique ways,  playing off the strengths of one metal over another to create a language that speaks of time and erosion and how pieces might evolve in the future as they are worn.”

By Appointment

Melbourne

 

Welfe Bowyer’s workshop and showroom is based in Melbourne, Australia as a part of Captains of Industry. Clients are welcome to take part in choosing the perfect local materials for each commission, whether for an engagement proposal, wedding or special anniversary. Inside, you can also purchase pieces from his contemporary collection including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks.

Two By The Pool Engagement Ring in eroded 18ct gold with diamonds and an Australian Sapphire by Welfe.

Your Finished Piece

Tailor made for you

 

Each piece of jewellery is designed, created and finished by hand in the studio workshop. Welfe sources gold and silver from Australia as well as diamonds and sapphires. Australian Sapphires are a particular favourite for their variation in colour from stone to stone, giving so many unique possibilities. All of our diamonds are sourced from Western Australia and come as certified fair trade ‘Origin Australia’ diamonds. If you wish to learn more about the materials we use feel free to get in touch.