Author: Carly

Pin 7 – Exhibition 2017

Thrilled to have 5 of my brooches in the Pin 7 exhibition at ANCA Gallery in Canberra!

Opening night is tonight from 6pm at ANCA Gallery in Dickson and runs until Sunday 9th July 2017.

So if you find yourself in Canberra in the coming weeks head to the gallery and check out all of the amazing brooches and maybe even get yourself a spontaneous just because gift!

Here’s a little sneak peak of one of the brooches in the exhibition.


Weathered Series  |  Honeycomb Erosion #4  |  2017  |  Brooch  |  Sterling Silver, Ebony, Stainless Steel, Varnish, Linseed Oil  |  Carly Lay


PIN 7  ANCA Gallery

Address: 1 Rosevear Place Dickson ACT 2602

Opening Night: 6pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017

Closes: Sunday 9th July 2017

Gallery Open Hours: Wednesday to Sunday between the hours of 12 and 5pm



Seasons Greetings Everyone!

It’s that time of year again and I have some new pieces over at Stanley Street Gallery as part of their annual christmas exhibition, A Time Of Gifts. The exhibition will run until 24th December.


Below is some information and an image of the pieces.

The 5 ebony and sterling silver neckpieces, entitled Honeycomb Erosion #1 – #5, are part of the ongoing series, Weathered. 

Weathered Series: Whether plant, animal, mineral, built or natural object; time and environment alter the appearance of everything. This series explores the beauty of a ‘weathered’ surface. Fixed to a supporting frame, each surface material is forcibly changed to be imperfect, warn, aged, decayed, eroded.

Honeycomb Erosion: The surface of this piece is forcibly warn down to represent what nature does to costal rock over time.

Weathered Series | Honeycomb Erosion #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 | 2016 | Neckpiece | Ebony, Sterling Silver, Varnish, Linseed Oil


Season Greetings Everyone!

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a special gift for someone, check out the amazing pieces of work from various artists at Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst. I’ve just dropped some pieces over to the gallery to be part of their annual christmas exhibition, A Time Of Gifts, which is currently on at the gallery and will run until 24 December.


The Imitating Nature | Moon Surface; 2015 ring series (pictured below) are made of sterling silver that has either been oxidised, depletion plated or both to create the surface colour of black, white or black and white.


Imitating Nature Series | Moon Surface #1 – #9 | 2015 | Rings | Oxidised and Depletion Plated Sterling SIlver | Carly Lay

Contemporary Wearables ’15 – Results

It is a real privilege to have 2 of my pendants (picture below) on display as part of Contemporary Wearables ’15, Thank you to the selection panel and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for selecting my work to be a part of this wonderful exhibition. Now for the extremely exciting news… These 2 pendants have now been acquired by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery to become part of their permanent collection!



Oppression | Suppression; 2015 Neckpieces; Sterling Silver, Ebony, Stainless Steel Cable Carly Lay
Oppression | Suppression; 2015
Neckpieces; Sterling Silver, Ebony, Stainless Steel Cable
© Carly Lay 2015




I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of Contemporary Wearables ’15 at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery yesterday. It was wonderful to be able to spend some time looking at all the other artists’ works and meet the gallery staff. There is some really amazing work on display and if you find yourself in Toowoomba some time between now and the 1 November please go and have a look, you will not be disappointed.


Graduate Metal XIV  |  Group Exhibition

7th July – 11th July 2015  |  Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm

Depot Gallery  |  Danks Street Depot

2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW, 2017


2015 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award  |  Group Exhibition

29th August – 18th October 2015

Monday & Wednesday to Friday 10am – 5pm  |  Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm  |  Tuesday Closed

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum

14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine Vic, 3450


Contemporary Wearables ’15  |  Group Exhibition

19th September – 1st November 2015

Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm  |  Sunday 1am – 4pm  |  Monday Closed

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

531 Ruthven St, Toowoomba QLD, 4350

Contemporary Wearables ’15

It has been a year of pleasant surprises and today is no exception. 2 of my pendants got selected for Contemporary Wearables ’15 in Toowoomba! The 2 pendants from the series Oppression | Suppression, are new works completed this year and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Stay tuned… I will be posting some images of them at the end of September.

Contemporary Wearables is a biennial (every two years) jewellery award and exhibition that showcases works by emerging and established jewellers from Australia and New Zealand. The exhibition is held at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and supported by the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc.


Contemporary Wearables ’15

19th September  –  1 November 2015

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Ruthven St, Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm  |  Sunday: 1pm – 4pm  |  Monday Closed


So excited that one of my  People Boats, Boats People  brooches and one of my  “How Potent For Good And Evil They Become” – Sophime  sake sets have been selected for the 2015 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award!

The Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award is a biennial (every 2 years) exhibition that showcases works by jewellery and metalsmiths from around Australia. This year the award exhibition will be held at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum in Castlemaine, Victoria.


2015 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Awards

29th August  –  18th October 2015

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum

14 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, VIC 3450

Monday & Wednesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm  |  Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 5pm  |  Tuesday Closed


Last night the Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards were held as part of the Melbourne International Design Week, at Federation Square. Unfortunately I could not make it to Melbourne for the awards night, but I received an email this morning, and I am extremely excited to say that I was awarded the AGOTYA in the category of jewellery design!!!

Congratulations to all of the other finalist across the different design categories, I wish I had of been able to see your works and meet each of you. A big congratulations to all for the AGOTYA category winners, Dylan White (University of Canberra) – Object Design; Belinda Rabe (Design College Australia, QLD) – Visual Communications; Emily Robertson (CATC Design School, VIC) – Interior Design and Decoration; Kate Williams (Massey University, NZ) – Fashion and Textile Design; Natarsha Tezcan (University of New South Wales) – Interior Design!

Also a massive congratulations to Dylan White, who was not only the winner in the category of object design, but was also award the Overall Award of Excellence! I had the pleasure of meeting Dylan at the NSW/ACT GOTYA night in March of this year. His work is amazing and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.

Thank you to all of the judges, especially the jewellery judges Nicky Hepburn from NorthCity4 and Sarah Ross from Studio Ingot, for your time, support and feedback, as well as selecting me as the jewellery category winner. Also a very special thanks to the Design Institute of Australia, all of the organisers, sponsors and supporters! This is an amazing program and an opportunity for graduating designers and it was wonderful to be a part of it all this year.

Finally thank you to all of the teachers and staff in the Jewellery and Object Design Department at Design Centre Enmore! You are an incredible group of people that have guided, supported and mentored me over the past three years. You have all taught me invaluable skills and knowledge and for that I cannot thank you enough! Of course my biggest thanks goes to my close friends and family, you all know who you are. I love you all and I would not be able to do all that I have done and will do without you! xo


Website_AGOTYA_2015_CarlyLay© Carly Lay 2015


To see pictures of the night or for more information about AGOTYA click on the links below:

Design Institute of Australia – AGOTYA

Australasian Graduate of the Year – Facebook Page


One of my sake sets has been selected for the Graduate Metal XIV Exhibition in July 2015! Congratulations to Emily Copp, Shelly Jam and Nadya van Ewyk who have also had their work selected for this exhibition.

Graduate Metal XIV showcases works by tertiary graduates from jewellery and metalsmithing courses in Australian and New Zealand. It is held in conduction with the 2015 Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) Conference entitled Edges, Boarders, Gaps.


Graduate Metal XIV

7th July  –  12th July 2015

The Depot Gallery

2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017

Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 6pm


Click on the link below to find out more about exhibitions that will hosted by Galleries around Sydney.

JMGA 2015 Conference – Edges, Boarders, Gaps