Melbourne-based jeweller Emma Hesz began her artistic career as a sculptural blacksmith. In the creation of her jewellery, she utilises the skill of hammer-forging and other specialist metal techniques, transforming unusual metals into wearable works of art. Emma specialises in fold forming and flame-colouring thermogenic metals to develop contemporary pieces that are truly unique.
Throughout her studies, Emma trained in colouring and sculpting an ancient Japanese metal called shibuichi, traditionally used to make samurai swords. In her fold forming work, Emma folds pieces of metal like origami, then hammers and heats the material up to 20 times. Finally, she unravels the metal to create organically-shaped sculptures, often resembling leaves and seed pods.