Multi award-winning jeweller, Lucas Blacker has been designing and making his unique style of jewellery since the late 70’s. His jewellery has been exhibited and collected extensively across Australia and overseas.
Lucas established his first business in 1985 with fellow jeweller Gary Thyregod. In 1986 Lucas and Gary were awarded the Grand Prix Award in the Australian Jewellery Design Awards. In 1989 Lucas wanted to explore new directions, spending 18 months travelling and working in Britain and Europe. After working in and travelling to various artistic communities Lucas returned to Australia with new direction to his designing and making of Jewellery.
On returning to Australia Lucas applied to become a Fellow of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia. This is the only Jewellery organisation in Australia to recognise a standard of proficiency. Each member or Fellow has their own Makers Stamp and can use the guild Hallmark on their jewellery, a mark of Quality Craftsmanship.
At this time Lucas developed his first collection, showing at Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne such as Makers Mark and Phillips and Co and establishing his first studio gallery at Balmain. This period encompassed 10 years of exhibiting his work around Australia and Asia and representing up to 50 different Artist in his Gallery. Lucas immersed himself in aspects of the arts from painting, sculpture, ceramics to printmaking. This led Lucas to explore different uses of precious metals and a diverse range of gemstones to get a reputation as one of Australian leading innovative designers.
As well as designing for his own clients, Lucas also designed extensively for the worlds premier producer of Australian South Sea Pearls, Paspaley. In the 10 years Lucas designed and made jewellery for Paspaley Pearls he developed a understanding and love of pearls that makes his pearl designs truly outstanding.
These diverse directions that Lucas was exploring led Lucas to be invited to exhibit in the Artistic Australia Events in Japan and Korea, over 4 years Lucas exhibited and sold jewellery in over 150 shows. These premier events were supported by Austrade and received strong coverage in Japan and Korea. Lucas visited Japan and Korea many times in for these exhibitions and became the most successful jewellery designer of over 50 Australian jewellers that participated in the events.
After 25 years in the industry Lucas found he was spending more time selling and marketing than designing and making. Lucas decided to get back to what he really loved and e re-established his studio in 2004. Lucas refers to this as his ‘Unplugged’ period – getting back to the art of jewellery making.
Since then he has concentrated on design, individual craftsmanship and the relationship with his clients. This has led Lucas to study hand engraving and developing a whole new skill base and direction in design. He has been approached by different corporate identities to design products including designing for the Cancer Council, designing lapel pins for Daffodil Day and Pink Ribbon Day.
After over 30 years creating stunning pieces, Lucas looks forward to exploring all directions of jewellery and design for many years to come.
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