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Caroline Thomas

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Caroline Thomas was born in London, UK in the 1960s to Kiwi parents. She moved to Aotearoa in 2007 and studied contemporary jewellery at Whitireia Polytechnic from 2011-13, since then she has exhibited widely at home and internationally.

Caroline's work explores a wide range of materials and is an intriguing combination of humor coupled with a magpies delight in bling. When talking about her practice Caroline says materials "entrance me as a maker, the way that materials endlessly surprise me both with their own individual properties and in the way that different materials interact with each other. My best pieces are often mistakes, the bastard offspring of an original vision that never comes into existance except inside my head. As I make, the materials take over and tell their own story which often involves them taking off down an unplanned path in an unusual manner. I realize this makes me sound like a driver of a car with no brakes but I am learning that if I can recognize a still point in all the chaos, sometimes I can wrestle it into a successful material form."

From 2023

Caroline Thomas

Necklace - CHOKER 2023, mild steel, fencing wire, sterling silver, seed pearls, brass wire   $310
Necklace - ROSETTE 2022, found wood, confectionary foil, paint, seed pearls, silk thread, gold-filled wire, 24ct gold leaf   $400
Brooch - NATIVE BREED 2022, found metal, leather, Swarovski crystal beads, brass wire   $485
Necklace - MOOD 2023, polymer clay, waxed cotton cord, paint   $355

From 2022

Caroline Thomas

'Rococo' Brass earrings, Swarovski crystal, polymer clay, stg silver   $140
'Earbuds' Copper, pewter, 24ct gold leaf, gold filled wire   $140
'Studs' Copper nails, stg silver, 24 ct gold leaf   $140
'Drops' Copper nails, stg silver, 24ct gold leaf   set of all 4 $180, or $50 each

From 2021

Caroline Thomas

Bracelet - Polymer clay, vintage Bakelite box lids, stainless steel wire 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.75cm   $320
Brooch - Vintage draught excluder, copper wire, nail polish 7 x 7 x 2.5cm   $350

From 2020

Caroline Thomas

Victorian Ice, necklace   $350
Polymer clay, oxidised sterling silver

Caroline Thomas

Tacked Up, necklace,   $420
Saddlery leather, iron tacks

Caroline Thomas

Boxed In, bracelet,   $500
Vintage Bakelite boxes, oxidised sterling silver, brass plate, polyester, cord, magnets
Trypophobic brooch,   $250
Polymer clay, Czech glass beads, brass plate, brass wire, brass chenier

Caroline Thomas

Worry Beads,   $160
Gelatine pill capsules, paint, silk thread

From 2019

Caroline Thomas

Pulling Neckpiece, Antique iron drawer pulls, 24ct gold leaf, brass chenier, oxidised copper wire, leather   $355
Pulling Brooch Antique copper drawer pull, brass chenier, steel pin   $220

From 2018

Caroline Thomas

London Stock I Neckpiece. Brass, Swarovski crystal, cord, fencing wire   $360

Caroline Thomas

London Stock II Neckpiece. Wood, brass, artificial gold leaf, fencing wire   $360

From 2017

Caroline Thomas

Legend Ring Pewter, wax patina, sterling silver   $120
Tension series Ring Oxidised wire, sterling silver   $150
Tension series Ring Oxidised wire, cubic zirconia, synthetic spinel   $120
Tension series Ring Oxidised wire, synthetic spinel (This ring is designed to rust and weather)   $150
Tension series Ring Oxidised wire, synthetic spinel (This ring is designed to rust and weather)   $120
Three legged Ring Pewter, sterling silver, gold leaf   $130
Blobule Ring Pewter, sterling silver, artificial gold leaf   $130

Caroline Thomas

Eclipse earrings. Brass plate, brass wire, polymer clay, sterling silver   $150
The Moon Under Water brooch. Brass plate, brass wire, polymer clay, steel pin   $300
Vanitas brooch. Oxidised brass plate, brass wire, Swarovski crystal beads, shattered computer hard drive, steel pin   $325

From 2015

Caroline Thomas

1974 series brooch   Saddle leather, Rub n Buff, steel pin   $150
1974 series brooch   Saddle leather, Rub n Buff, brass, steel pin   $265

Caroline Thomas

Connexus brooch   $310
Polymer clay, stg silver, steel pin

From 2014

Caroline Thomas

CHIMERA SERIES; Brooch,   $355
Wire mesh, paint, brass wire, steel pin

Caroline Thomas

CHIMERA SERIES; Brooch,   NFS
Wire mesh, paint, sterling silver, steel pin

Caroline Thomas

CHIMERA SERIES; Rings,   $355 each
Sterling silver, brass, copper, faceted glass, paint
Silicon bronze and sterling silver alloy, cut glass, paint

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