Debbie Adamson

I grew up in Central Otago, surrounded by a landscape of staggering beauty that I guess I took for granted. As a child, I was always with my sister exploring things. We were fascinated by the natural world, and constantly found hidden treasures, searched high and low for birds nests or sightings of a skink, and constructed our own stories of how things came to be. It felt magical, and this mystery of discovery still captivates me. I make things for the same reason - I'm curious about what I might find.' - Debbie 2013

After finishing high school, Debbie moved to Dunedin to go to the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine arts where she studied under Johanna Zellmer and Andrew Last in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts, and the following year showcased in the annual graduate exhibition at Fingers gallery in Auckland.

In early 2011 Debbie was invited to participate in Handshake, a two year mentoring project initiated by Wellington based jeweller and lecturer Peter Deckers. This enabled her to collaborate with from afar with Swedish artist Hanna Hedman, and eventually the pair met when the project travelled to Munich in early 2013. During 2012 Debbie also spent time living and working in the central Otago workshop of Kobi Bosshard.

In recent years Debbie has continued to exhibit regularly, showcasing at the Museum of Art and Design, New york in 2015. That same year selection for Handshake3 enabled her to collaborate with New Zealand based artist Nicola shanley for a show at Auckland gallery Objectspace in 2016. The pair produced a joint work in print which has become the immediate backdrop for Debbie's most recent individual works.

Debbie currently lives and works in Dunedin.