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. She is now developing these techniques as well as site-specific design ideas to sit within an architectural context.
|2019||Fresh Air Sculpture Show, Quenington Old Rectory. 1st June – 6th July|
|2019||25thAnniversary Exhibition, The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge. 16th June – 7th July|
|2019||“Inspired” London Glass Blowing, Bermondsey 31st May – 15th June|
|2018||A.I.R. Recent work on show. The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham. 24th-27th September|
|2018||Continuum 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|
|2017||MA Graduation Show, UCA Farnham 29th August – 2nd September|
|2016||“Contemporary Narratives” Crafts Study Centre, Farnham 1st June – 3rd September|
|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.