Jeweller and craftsman Shelley Anderson first started toying with metal in his dad’s garage and went on to study Silversmithing and Metal Fabrication at Falmouth College of Art before achieving recognition for his restoration work from the York Conservation Society. As a native of the industrial fishing port of Newlyn, Shelley is acutely aware of the copper heritage in the area and is determined to maintain the legacy. In 2010, he joined Michael Johnston of The Copper Works in Newlyn and continues to learn the traditional skills of the coppersmith, whilst bringing a contemporary eye for design and function using innovative techniques. His work is inspired by roaming the coastline and landscape of West Cornwall and, by working in different metals and, frequently recycled materials, he allows the end result to be free, spontaneous and organic.
Shelley has a great ability on a range of projects such as bringing a lobster to life, replicating every minute detail in copper or working alongside Michael on larger commissions such as a major decorative roof feature for the new £19 million lecture hall at Eton College.