An early fascination with crafting and experimenting led Clara to seek a career in the applied arts. Born and raised in Paris and coming from a mixed heritage family, Clara’s affinity for working with mixed materials developed at the University of Brighton – where she studied BA(hons) Three Dimensional Crafts, with a focus on metals, plastics and paper.
Like various strands of her own cultural heritage, each material retains its own unique qualities – while its closeness to a contrasting material enhances the richness of the finished piece.
Whether working with precious metals in contrasting colours, joining contrasting forms and textures to create a unified one, or combining precious metals with paper, the concept of mixed heritage is at the heart of Clara’s creative practice.
Current jewellery collections Strata, Sunray and Scallop are inspired by geological strata and archeological finds. They bring together modern designs in precious metals that are feminine and made to be enjoyed everyday.
Based at Cockpit Arts studios since 2009, Clara now lives in South London with her husband.
Working with fine gauge sterling silver and gold alloys, Clara combines layers of precious metal, smooth or corrugated to create fluid forms. Particular attention is given to the way pieces are connected: joined with minute rivets or linked through hidden mechanisms.
Always crafted with utmost care, designs are finished with elegant brushed surfaces, sometimes gold-plated with a rich gold colour, or set with ethically sourced gemstones such as sapphires.
2009 to present: Studio holder at Cockpit Arts, London – Taking part in Open Studio events twice a year
2019 & 2020: Dazzle exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
2014 & 2015: Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
2014: Showcase, Shop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2006 to 2013: Dazzle Exbhibitions at National Theatre, London, OXO Tower, London, and Manchester Art Gallery
2011: Collaborated with Tate Modern to design and produce bespoke jewellery designs for the gift shop. Took part in a showcase at MIMA, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art. Design Collection showcase, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow.
2010: Showcase, Kath Libbert Gallery, Salts Mills, Saltaire. ‘Paperficial’, group show, Craft2eu Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. ‘Le Rouge’, group show curated by Jean-Yves Le Mignot, Agde, France
2009: Contemporary craft fair Origin at Somerset House, London. Showcase at Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, USA. Spotlight showcase, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery. Mutations, group exhibition, Ateliers de Paris, Paris, France
2008: La Bague, group exhibition curated by Jean-Yves Le Mignot, Bonaguil Chateau, France. Solo showcase, Rochester Craft Case, Kent
2007: Showcase, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex
2006: One Year On at New Designers, London
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex
Time Out London, ‘Get what you want this Christmas’
BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Commissioning Affordable Jewellery’
Marie Claire France
Making Jewellery magazine, USA
Education and Qualifications
2005: ‘Getting Started’, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
2001 – 2004: BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Crafts (Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics), University of Brighton (2:1)
2000 – 2001: BTEC Foundation Studies, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, Kent
1999 – 2000: Année Préparatoire, Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués (Visual arts), Paris, France
1999: Awarded Baccalauréat, Literature option, Lycée de Sevres, France
2016: Visiting artist working with theatre company ice&fire. ice&fire collaborated with Room to Heal, working with a group of asylum seekers living in London to record and tell their stories through performance. Clara delivered paper folding workshops and created paper lanterns for the final performance at British Museum.
2015 –2016: Platinum Guild International project – Responded to a creative brief to design a cuff to be 3D printed in platinum, using laser sintering method in collaboration with Cooksongold.
2013: Designed and taught a creative paper jewellery project at V&A Museum for London Design Festival
2010: Assisted artist-in-residence Natalie Ryde to deliver sessions with Young Artist Group at Tricycle Theatre, London
2016 – present: Offering freelance marketing support to designer-makers and artists. Including milliners Karen Henriksen and Judy Bentinck, and jewellers Abby Mosseri and Hannah Bedford.
2013-2016: Visiting lecturer, teaching specialist paper jewellery classes at City Lit, London. Classes delivered to adult learners and City Lit teaching staff.
2012-2015: Taught jewellery classes to adult learners at Southgate and Barnet College. Teaching jewellery-making techniques including piercing, soldering and stone mounting, as well as designing creative projects around techniques like fold-forming and filigree
2006-2012: Each year between November and January, exhibition manager for Dazzle jewellery exhibitions at National Theatre, London