Irene Alberts enjoys working with precious metal clay (PMC) which she began making jewellery from in 2006. Other art forms Irene works with include pewter repoussé, polymer clay, mosaic, fused glass, stainless steel and beaded jewellery.
Desiring to inspire aspiring artists in any form of creativity, Irene started Creator’s Corner, a business through which she teaches different forms of arts and crafts. From 2017 to 2020, she has been a specialist teacher in jewellery making at Providence Christian College.
“In my work, I try to capture the often overlooked beauty of our natural environment in wearable pieces that show off the organised randomness of [nature]. The plant imprints and moulded plant material reflect nature in its purest form, in fine silver against a “not so perfect” background. In some pieces, 24 carat gold plating or patina is used to enhance the embellishments. Like the organic nature of the natural world, my pieces do not have a perfectly smooth jewellery store finish.
Apart from the 999 (fine silver) stamp, I do not use a name or brand stamp at the back of each piece – instead my fingerprints are visible on most pieces. This is my signature of authenticity and joy that I pass on to the owner of each piece.”
Made in Western Australia.