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Joanne Bowles

MA work

The Buried Object

I make objects that explore what happens to something that has been buried in the ground. The idea started from archaeological digs, extracting unknown objects from the ground that had changed over time, obscuring the original form. An object buried in the ground will build up and become encrusted or break down leaving a shell. The landscape leaves a mark of itself and the object in return leaves a trace of itself as an imprint in the landscape. The positive and the negative object exist together for a short period of time.

I am exploring the material qualities of ageing and the lifecycle of an object. I aim to make objects to live with and to accompany a person through their own lifecycle.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, 2015

  • I work in metal, exploring surface and form to create objects that are intended to be lived with. My research focuses on landscape, found objects, journeys and archaeology, using photography, drawing and writing as methods.

    I aim to present my work and ideas in a way that challenges traditional notions of the object, by thinking about the imprint of an object and the trace it leaves.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics, University of Brighton, 2007
  • Experience

  • Teaching placement, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 2015 ; Exhibition curator, Camden Collective, London, 2014 ; Workshop assistant, Fox Silver Ltd., London, 2014; Educational workshop provider, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 2014; Workshop assistant, Hitomi Hosono, London, 2013–15; Educational Workshop Provider, Start in Salford, Manchester, 2013 ; Workshop Assistant, Junko Mori Metal, Manchester, 2008–12
  • Exhibitions

  • Who’s Who, Werkstatt Galerie, Munich, 2015; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; POP! Power of Process, Camden Collective, London, 2014; Distantly Relative, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 2014; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; 21st Century Showcase, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 2013
  • Awards

  • Goldsmiths’ Company Young Designer Silversmith Award, 2015