‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Catherine Large

Currently on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery is the exhibition USE. This exhibition features exquisitely crafted contemporary jewellery and small objects by seventeen artists from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Catherine Large is a contemporary jeweller and metalsmith who lectures in Jewellery and Small Objects in the Fine Art Department at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Catherine’s works are an unexpected but welcomed addition to the exhibition, as they are practical as well as beautiful tea and sugar scoops. Her USE exhibition works are excellent examples of her creative ethos, as they incorporate recycled and reused materials, such as buttons. Catherine reuses materials wherever possible and the choice of material, as well as its creation, ties into Catherine’s research into the domestic object.

Catherine Large, image from Stanley Street Gallery.

“I have a large collection of buttons, collected, inherited and given to me over many years, some whole and some incomplete, and these form the handles, inviting your thumb to sit comfortably as you form a scooping action.”  – Catherine Large

Tea Scoops and Sugar Shovels Series, 2017/18, sterling silver, fine silver, various buttons, varying sizes

Catherine’s work is held both in public and private collections, and she has exhibited in solo exhibitions and group exhibitions; the latest of which was Academics in Pandemic, an online exhibition from Ethical Metalsmiths.

For more information you can visit Catherine Large’s website or Instagram.

USE is on exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery until 25 October 2020.


‘About’, Catherine Large, viewed 9 October 2020, https://www.catherinelarge.com/about.html

‘Unintended consequences’, Stanley Street Gallery, viewed 9 October 2020, https://stanleystreetgallery.com.au/exhibitions/catherine-large

USE: Contemporary jewellery and objects catalogue, Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, Queensland Chapter Inc.

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