Cara Wassenberg

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

Cara now lives with her family near Petersfield, Hampshire in the UK. Her workshop is on a nearby farm at the foot of the Southdown Hills.

In 2017 she graduated with distinction from a master of Arts degree programme in Metalwork from the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has recently completed a year as artist in residence at UCA Farnham. With the aim of bringing more light, translucency and shadow into her work she has been experimenting and incorporating cast glass into projects with steel and copper.

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
201925thAnniversary 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.


2019 – Amanda Moriarty Memorial Prize. A two week residency to develop new work in the workshop of Colin Reid 


2018 – Artist Blacksmiths Magazine Issue 153.P. 4 One Thousand Degrees. New Work from Cara Wassenberg.
2018 – Life in Farnham. Issue 90. June 2018. P22
2013 – Striking Women Latifa Siyadi, published by Blue Moon.
2012 – Artist Blacksmith Magazine (139) Guest editor.” Paths into Art and Craft”
2000 – The Contemporary Blacksmith, Donna Z Meilach. Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
1995 – Into the New Iron Age Modern British Blacksmiths. Amina Chatwin. Coach House Publishing.