Cara Wassenberg

I grew up on a farm in Dorset and the decision in 1986 to study Fine Art in the urban, industrial city of Coventry was a stark transition but eventually led me to discovering metal as a preferred medium. I went on to specialise in metalwork and design at Hereford Technical College and then further afield working with artists and metalsmiths in London, Lisbon, Memphis and Berlin. In Berlin I worked with Achim Kuhn, an East German Designer and blacksmith, helping restore some of the cities monumental copper sculptures after the reunification. This initial introduction to the warmth and malleable qualities of copper fed back into my own work when eventually I returned to England.

I continue to look for ways to expand my material knowledge and deepen my skills. In 2012 I was lucky enough to work with the French copper smith Christoph Desvallees in Normandy  and since incorporating cast glass into my work in 2017 I  have had the opportunity  of working with the internationally recognised glass artist  Colin Reid in his studio during  2020. Alongside my own practise I greatly enjoy teaching . I currently teach at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation as a tutor on their metals based short courses.

Selected Exhibitions

2020Pyramid Gallery, York. Christmas Collection
2020Gallery 57 Arundel Elements: Wood Meta
2020HABATAT Detroit SILVER online exhibition (June).
2019Echt Gallery Chicago, USA – 1st Nov
2019Fresh Air Sculpture Show, Quenington Old Rectory. 1st June – 6th July
201925th Anniversary Exhibition, The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge. 16th June – 7th July
2019“Inspired” London Glass Blowing, Bermondsey 31st May – 15th June
2018A.I.R. Recent work on show. The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham. 24th-27th September
2018Continuum II, Group Show .The Menier Gallery,58 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU 18th-21st September
2018‘Friction and Gravity’.The Farnham Pottery 19th June-3rd August
2017“Eleven” The Strand Gallery, London 20 – 25th September
2017MA Graduation Show, UCA Farnham 29th August – 2nd September
2016“Contemporary Narratives” Crafts Study Centre, Farnham 1st June – 3rd September

Professional History

2020 Tutor at West Dean College for Art and Conservation
2019 Part time teaching. University of the Creative Arts , Farnham.
2017-2018 Artist in residence, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.
2015-2017 Masters Degree in Metal Work and Glass, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham
2011-2012 Artist in residence, Portsmouth Grammar School.
2008-2015 Part-time teacher, Bedales School, Petersfield.
2008-current Studio nr Petersfield, Hampshire.
1992-1998 Worked in U.S, Portugal and Germany notably in the workshop of Achim Kuehn (an East German Artist Blacksmith) restoring Berlin’s copper and steel public sculptures after the reunification.
1991-1992 Metalwork and Design Course. Hereford College.
1986-1989 BA Honours degree in Fine Art. Coventry Polytechnic.

Awards

2019Amanda Moriarty Memorial Prize. A two week residency granted through the Contemporary Glass Society to develop new work in the Glass Studio of Colin Reid

Publications/Links

2018Artist Blacksmiths Magazine Issue 153.P. 4 One Thousand Degrees. New Work from Cara Wassenberg.
2018Life in Farnham. Issue 90. June 2018. P22
2013Cara was commissioned to make a piece for the newly designed Rose gardens at Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire. This film shows the making of the model and sculpture in her workshop. (Film credit: Paddy Payne)
Rockingham Castle Water Sculpture - Video 1
Rockingham Castle Water Sculpture - Video 2
2013Striking Women Latifa Siyadi, published by Blue Moon.
2012Artist Blacksmith Magazine (139) Guest editor.” Paths into Art and Craft”
2000The Contemporary Blacksmith, Donna Z Meilach. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
1995Into the New Iron Age Modern British Blacksmiths. Amina Chatwin. Coach House Publishing.