Lawrence Woodford received his college degree in jewellery and metal arts at the École de Joaillerie in Montreal and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada.
He won his first award as best emerging artist the following year and has maintained a professional studio practice as a jewellery artist for the last 10 years while teaching for three years at two visual arts institutions. During this period he received accolades from his peers through awards and research grants.
Lawrence has taught different levels of jewellery, specifically focusing on teaching alternative materials in jewellery; he was also a studio advisor for undergraduates at NSCAD University. Participating in international exhibitions like SOFA, being published in numerous anthologies on contemporary jewellery art and public speaking, Lawrence Woodford’s contribution to this art form is significant.
He has participated in artist residencies around the world and was recently invited to Sydney College of the Arts as a guest artist and lecturer. He is currently preparing solo exhibitions for Australia and the United States.
”Creating a wearable object within an innovative framework is a main area of focus and alludes to an improvisational characteristic and aesthetic in these fabricated sculptural ornaments. Referencing components that have origins in traditional jewellery using composite and repurposed materials blurs the boundaries between natural and artificial and provides a moment for contemplation. By deconstructed processes and the introduction of new aesthetics, I am re-evaluating and redefining the visual language of the contemporary jewellery object.”