‘Bronze beads’


Five individually hand carved and cast bronze beads focus on the idea of what is historically considered to be collectable, or curious in nature. Jewellery and ancient artefacts are excavated from the earth and placed into museum collections, strung or displayed how a curator or collector imagines they might have been worn.

These beads have a tactile quality due to the heavy weight, naturally patinated bronze but with their size it is unclear how they would be intended to adorn the body and so they become curiosities to invoke imagination. 

Materials: each bead is hand carved in wax and then cast in bronze.  Some have been engraved in ancient stone carved patterns or set with gemstones and all feature natural, unpredictable patination to the bronze.

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Artist Bio

Martin Cameron’s childhood fascination with illustration and Laura Breen’s intrigue with archaeology and making lead them to cross paths whilst studying jewellery and silversmithing at The University of Ulster Belfast, graduating in 2014.


During this time Martin studied and crafted delicate silver wire sculptures inspired by the rugged Irish landscape. Laura explored large scale silver and enamel jewellery, playing with the juxtaposition of unpredictable organic life found in geometric manmade structures. After university Martin undertook further years of education and training courses at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, whilst working to commission from his studio in Co. Antrim. Laura backpacked through Australia, New Zealand, Fuji, Japan, and Southeast Asia drawing creativity from new people and ways of life, igniting a passion for her own country’s unique culture and history.


In 2018 their paths crossed once more and in conversation Cameron & Breen became a contemporary goldsmithing collaboration between two friends, combining ideas, skills and techniques. They have since won awards from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and in 2021 presented their ‘Ancient Treasure’ brooch to HRH Princess Anne.


Additional information


Face bead, Cabochon bead, Segmented bead, Round engraved bead, Dimple bead

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