Reach for the stars! Two new craft exhibitions at the RBSA

Explore the wonders of outer space at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists by visiting a new star-studded exhibition.

Starlight runs alongside Birmingham School of Jewellery’s Next Generation of Designer-Makers and both shows offer ample inspiration for gifts in the run-up to Christmas.

The RBSA Craft Gallery is one of the leading venues for discovering high-end contemporary art and crafts, exhibiting designer-makers from the Midlands and beyond.

Everything is handmade with love…


25 September to 27 January

Claire Malet, Moonlit Sea Bowls, steel, 22 moon gold, enamel

Claire Malet ‘Moonlit Sea Bowls’

Blast off into a galaxy far away with Starlight, an exhibition exploring outer space.

From jewellery inspired by meteorites and shooting stars, to space-age ceramics and ethereal glass, this exhibition offers an opportunity for stargazing right in the heart of Birmingham.

The show features top designers like Claire Malet, a sculptor working in precious, non-precious and found-metals.

Her work is inspired by the rich textures, colours and sculpted shapes of natural forms.

1. Claire Malet

Claire in her studio

Claire, who lives in Herefordshire, says:  ‘I am surrounded by my subject matter, as my studio looks out across orchards, hills and woodland.

‘I spend a good deal of time walking, looking at the landscape and the details within it, the changes through the year.

‘I also travel and explore other landscapes and regularly walk coast paths and beaches. I have no interest in copying nature, but aim to capture a sense of it, my response to it, a moment in time.’

Claire works with found objects as well as precious metals,  and finds she can make beautiful art out of something as everyday as an old tin can…

‘By taking a throwaway, mass-produced food-can, I ‘transform’ it into a ‘precious’ vessel, each piece inspired by an element of the natural world.

‘In contrast, when working in silver, I make pieces which focus on objects ‘discarded’ by nature: a curl of split bark, a seed pod.’

Perfect for Christmas gifts, Starlight features a range of heavenly ideas from jewellery to homewares, with prices to suit all pockets.

School of Jewellery awards: supporting the next generation of designer-makers

25 September to 28 October


Each year, the RBSA awards prizes for innovation and creativity at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery annual degree show.

Selected graduates are displayed in our Craft Gallery. We are delighted to be helping to champion the talent nurtured by this historic school, and the next generation of jewellers.


As with all our Craft Gallery exhibitions, the designer-makers featured represent the very best our region has to offer, drawing on a rich heritage of design and industry in the Jewellery Quarter.

With Christmas approaching, you can choose from a dazzling array of handmade gifts crafted by the best in the business.

All items featured in both our forthcoming Craft Gallery exhibitions are available to purchase. Starlight runs until Saturday 27 January 2018. The School of Jewellery exhibition runs until 28 October.

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