Sean Booth - Alisterus

Sean Booth - Alisterus

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From the exhibition 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize 

Year: 2022

Materials: Anodised aluminium, hand formed and CNC machined vessel


Dimensions: 90 x 80 x 195mm

About the Maker:

My intention is to bring together traditional and modern methods of working with metal, to produce a holloware object that combines my experience and training in hand forming techniques with digital technology and modern machining processes.

Drawing inspiration from Robert‘s deep and unique understanding of metal forming and manipulation, my work employs traditional silversmithing techniques to generate a dynamic asymmetrical hand formed aluminium vessel. The hand formed vessel is the first phase of the process. I then digitise the form to allow me to engage with the work in the digital workspace. Utilising computer aided design software, I then design and program the processes that will transform the handmade surface. I use these powerful modern tools to program the intricate tool paths, manifesting this digital language onto the work’s surface and form.

As a maker I feel that I have a foot in two camps, one the traditional handmade organic  physical world and the other modern computer derived and control production that is accurate and defined. With this approach I blend traditional hand forming techniques and modern machining together to generate a unique and innovative work that progresses contemporary craft while acknowledging its heritage. This work embodies my 20 years of learning and commitment to development of skills across a variety of disciplines. Bringing together my hand forming, digital design and machining knowledge in one work.

Available for shipment or collection from 12 December 2022.

Photos: Tim Bean