Debbie Adamson & Craig McIntosh
06 Oct – 24 Oct 2020
Debbie Adamson is based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her jewellery is influenced by the everyday, ideas about place, identity, and her background of rural living in contrast to urban environments. Her work is informed by materials, which are varied. Developing techniques that stem from a background in studio craft, Adamson exploits simple transformative qualities of materials and processes to make her jewellery, navigating the space between knowing and not knowing as part of a working ethos.
Debbie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dunedin School of Art (2010) and after graduation took up a workshop apprenticeship in the studio of Master Goldsmith Kobi Bosshard (2012-2014). For the past 10 years Adamson has exhibited widely, both in solo and group shows, exhibiting regularly at Fingers Contemporary Jewellery, in Auckland New Zealand. She was selected as a participant for Handshake1, mentored by Hanna Hedman, and Handshake3 with group coach Sian van Dyk. Her work in held in the collection of The Dowse Art Museum.
Craig McIntosh is based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Introduced to stone carving at an early age, his most recent work has been concerned with the development of technologically assisted methods for fabrication and construction in stone. McIntosh holds a Masters degree with distinction from the Dunedin School of Art (2016) and was the inaugural recipient of Dame Doreen’s Gift (2016); a biennial bestowal from the Blumhardt Foundation that seeks to acknowledge and foster excellence in the field of craft. His first major solo exhibition Craig McIntosh: Ground Work was hosted by Objectspace, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand (2017). Ground Work marked the summation of McIntosh’s many years of research on the ethics of stone work in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
McIntosh has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and abroad, and was included in the major touring exhibition of jewellery from Aotearoa New Zealand, Wunderruma (2014-2015) curated by Karl Fritsch and Warwick Freeman. His work is held in The Celia Dunlop Collection; Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum and Musee des Art Decoratifs, France.