Since 1998, contemporary jeweller Phoebe Porter has been developing her intimate knowledge of materials, process and craftsmanship. Working primarily with titanium, stainless steel and aluminium, she successfully combines industrial materials and processes with precious elements, using her refined hand skills. Each of Phoebe’s designs is refined to its necessary elements, often using a mechanism as a starting point, which then becomes integral to the design. All her work is designed to be worn. Phoebe creates striking pieces that can stand alone as sculptural objects, yet come alive when being worn.
Graduating from a Bachelor of Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) at ANU School of Art in 2001, Phoebe went on to undertake a mentorship with one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers, Blanche Tilden. Since then she has exhibited work across Australia as well as Germany, Japan and Taiwan. Her work has been acquired for several public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Powerhouse Museum. She has also received many awards including a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award, Victorian Premier’s Design Mark and grants from the Australia Council and Arts ACT.
Phoebe works from a well-equipped jewellery studio at Gorman Arts Centre, where she develops exhibition work and produces limited edition jewellery for sale through a number of specialist galleries. Phoebe’s work, spanning twenty years, demonstrates a consistency and evolution of form that promises a long career, and a permanent place in Australia’s jewellery and design landscape.