Peta is an alumni of Adelaide’s JamFactory Associate Program in the Metal Design Studio. She has shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2007 Peta worked in London primarily with jeweller Scott Wilson, and also with Jane Adam and Ana Verdun. In 2011 she was the recipient of Australia Council for the Arts’ Jump Mentorship grant and funding from the Ian Potter Foundation to undertake a mentorship with jeweller Karl Fritsch in Germany and New Zealand. She currently works from her own studio at the JamFactory.
Peta’s designs come from an eclectic wealth of knowledge. The strong graphic and illustrative aspects come in part from her training as a graphic designer. Based in Adelaide’s JamFactory, Peta also works as an illustrator and this informs her jewellery design. Employing brass allows her to explore a diverse array of influences including Deco and Futurist motifs. Metal is cut, bent and combined in playful and spontaneous ways. Shapes, ideas and a bold use of colour are combined to create forms that are new but carry traces of familiarity, alluding to a past life.