Former Art student up for industry awards

Mobius 100 by Owen Waterhouse

Former Art and Design student Owen Waterhouse exhibited his Möbius 1.00 piece at our alumni exhibition over the past few weeks and now finds himself one of eight finalists for the highly regarded Aesthetica Art Prize currently exhibiting at York St Mary's. A commission from Galvanize Sheffield and Outokumpu, the piece marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield by Harry Brearley.

Owen is a metalsmith and designer based at Persistence Works in Sheffield. After graduation from a BA in Metalwork & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 he was awarded a two year placement on the Starter Studio for Silversmiths where he established his business and worked on commercial, civic, ceremonial, religious and domestic commissions. In 2010 he completed a MA in Design. His research explored the application and adaptation of new technologies in combination with traditional hand-skills in the manufacture of functional metalwork and design-led products.

Since 2011, Owen has diversified his creative business, tackling a wider range of design challenges in collaboration with artists, designers and specialist companies. Owen has found collaborative projects especially enjoyable and rewarding as the diversity of influences and perspectives encourage creative discussion and the sharing of specialist knowledge. Owen produces small scale work across a diverse range of materials including metal, wood and ceramic and is also engaged in large scale public art projects for clients across sectors such as education, community, local authorities and retail.

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