I am exhibiting at the Escape Artists Exhibition at Carre Gallery, Sleaford. Dates: 21 SEP – 3 OCT – 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Saturday.

About Shalini

It is so satisfying to see flat copper sheet transform into tactile art.

Hello! My name is Shalini. I am a self taught metalsmith and I make Copper things.

Originally from New Delhi, India I now live in Stamford in Lincolnshire, UK with my husband and dogs.

Shalini Austin Metalsmith

I started working with wire and semi precious gemstones in 2008, making jewellery & accessories to sell at local craft shows and via my website. As I progressed on my creative journey I learnt to appreciate sheet metal, especially copper. So it is only natural that my work is now taking a new path – metalsmithing. Since Summer 2014 I have been working mainly with sheet copper crafting a decorative and functional range of copper jewellery, sculptures and home-ware.

While I do refer to metalworking and lapidary tutorials from time to time to learn certain techniques, I adapt these to my individual designs and style.

With my husband Dave’s support (he keeps all the machines & tools I use in working order) I run a Creative Coppersmithing & crafting business from my home in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I make art jewellery, sculptures, home ware and wall art with copper, both sheet and wire.

When I am not beating copper I volunteer for a couple of dog rescues. I am also part of a small art group ESC Artists based in Lincolnshire. We organise artist led markets and exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists and makers.

How did it all start?

My first piece of wire-wrapped jewellery

I once bought a necklace in Peterborough and then said that it was often difficult to get something unique at a reasonable price. I am from India where individually hand-crafted jewellery is available to buy to suit any budget and I was quite used to indulging in my love for bling!

Dave said, “You could do that! Why don’t you make your own?

FAMOUS LAST WORDS INDEED!

I launched Jewellery by Shalini as a business on 1st November 2008.

You can see a decorative and functional range of copper creations in my on-line shop, at my stockists and at shows & exhibitions I attend.

Nowadays I spend a lot of time playing with hammers…

Shalini Austin is a Heritage Crafts Association

The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts.

Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

There are always bits to play with on my workbench… Heaven!

About Dave Austin

In his spare time Dave cuts and polishes some of the semi precious gemstones used in my jewellery designs and offers tumble-stones, polished specimen & cabochons for other designers and collectors too. I offer rough rocks for collectors and lapidaries in our Rough Rock Shop.

Dave also likes to recycle and upcycle pallet wood, some of his pallet wood pieces can be ordered via my online shop. Commissions welcome too.

Dave enjoys making wire trees, with bare iron wire. These go outdoors in the garden to be coloured by nature and end up a lovely rust colour. Dave accepts commissions for his wire trees.

Our wire sculpture trees can also be hired for special events in the local area. Please get in touch if you would like to hire the tree for a special event or art exhibition.

2020 has brought its own challenges not of our making because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. My husband & I used the lockdown period to expand his little pallet wood upcycling hobby further to create functional wooden pieces using Shou Sugi Ban, an ancient Japanese method of preserving wood.

We now offer this work for sale via our website https://palletwoodstuff.co.uk/

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All images are as close a match to the original piece as possible through the eyes of a camera lens, on our computer screens.