About Debbie

2 brooches I made for the Masterworks edition of Handshake

I once heard that we can get to know ourselves through the things we make. I think this process is never ending, and my work is part of that journey. Sometimes methods can be testing or challenging, but the reward is that you can continue to grow from them. This is how I approach my practice.

I graduated from the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts in 2009 and have spent the last couple of years making pieces for group shows, and collecting tools, while working full time. Until recently I shared a workspace above Lure workshop with Lynn Kelly and Victoria McIntosh, surrounded by the inspiring objects they collect. Currently I am preparing to move to the city of Wellington, where I will eventually set up and continue making.

One of the 'Three siblings' I made for the "Half Empty Half Full" exhibition in Queenstown.

Meet me in the middle

Debbie Adamson. Necklace: Meet me in the middle. 2010. Gumboot rubber, Sliced steel fence posts, sterling silver.

Bride with beautiful feet

Debbie Adamson. Brooch: Bride with beautiful feet. 2010. Plastic pearls, enamel paint, perfume box velvet, sterling silver, steel.


Debbie Adamson Curriculum Vitae


2005-2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts. Jewellery and Metalsmithing. Otago Polytechnic.

1991-2004 NCEA Level 3. Scholarship Art History, Design Art, Painting. Maniototo Area School (Central Otago,New Zealand). 2004

Recent Experience

2011 Article submission for “OVERview,” online contemporary jewellery journal. November 2011

2011 Whitireia Jewellery Auction. Donation of Brooch. Whitireia Polytechnic, Wellington.

2011 Handshake, Prentice and prodigy. Project collaboration with mentor Hanna Hedman documented in online blog (see link in website section).

2011 Bridge construction workshop. Instructor. Early Settlers Museum, Dunedin.

2010 School of Art Jewellery Table. Brooch on show. Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.

2010 Caselberg Trust Charity Event A New Line. Collaboration between Poets and Jewellers. Participant with poet Michael Harlow. Dunedin.

2010 The New Zealand Jewellery Show. Work displayed in Otago Polytechnic Showcase. Auckland

2010 Whiteness/Whitemess: Creative Disorders and Hope – Presentation submission. Wellington, May 2010

2010 iD Emerging Designer Awards – Runner up: Jewellery section. Dunedin, New Zealand, March 2010

2009 The Sculptor Workshop. Instructor. Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Dunedin.

Group Exhibitions

Retrospect. TSB Wallace Arts Centre. Wellington, January 2012.

Half Full or Overflowing. Fluid Design. Queenstown, December 2011.

Handshake, Prentice and Prodigy. Masterwoks Gallery. Auckland December 2011.

City of Dunedin Art Awards. Otago Art Society. November 2011.

OBJECTive Art Awards. Mangere Arts Centre. October 2011.

Handshake, Prentice and Prodigy. Studio 2017. Sydney. August 2011.

2010 Graduating Students Award. Fingers Gallery. Auckland, August 2010.

Graduate Metal 12. JMGA Conference. Perth, Australia April 2010

The Grad Show. (Externally Curated) Blue Oyster Gallery. Dunedin January 2010

SITE. Otago Polytechnic School of Art Graduate Exhibition. Otago Polytechnic School of Art. November 2009

Fuse. Otago Polytechnic third year Jewellery and Ceramics. Quadrant Gallery. July 2008

13 + 8. Otago Polytechnic third year Sculpture. None Gallery July 2008

Other. Otago Polytechnic Community Centre, Dunedin, NZ. 2007


· https://handshakejewellery.com/participants/debbie-and-hanna/

· http://kitandcaboodle.ning.com/profile/Debbie

· http://www.fingers.co.nz/exhibitors/graduates10_adamson.htm


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