After commencing an architecture degree at Melbourne University and working within the industry, Gavin became drawn to the immediacy of interpretation of the environment in hand crafted fine artwork and completed an Art & Design degree at Monash University.
The interpretation of the raw elegance and beauty of the Australian landscape, the interaction of water, fire and earth distilled through the hammer became and still is his passion.
Since graduation Gavin has travelled widely exhibiting and selling his work throughout Australia, the Pacific, and the USA. He has been commissioned to design and make corporate giftware and symbols of office for dignitaries in the South Pacific, along with many beautiful engagement rings, commitment rings and pieces of fine art jewellery for those who follow his work.
Creating Fine Art jewellery and silver smithing works is both a passion and a love and has taken Gavin and his family around the world exploring cultures, beautiful landscapes and enabling his children to be both multi-cultural and multi-lingual Australians before eventually settling in Tasmania where he now lives with his wife.
1983 Graduated with distinctions from Monash University (B.Art.)
1985 Diploma of Honour Student section, DeBeers Diamonds Today
1985 Exhibited , National Craft Award , Alice Springs
1985 Lectured first year gold and silversmithing at Frankston Campus
1986 Selected into C.C. Vic. Folio of Practicing Craftsmen
1987 Exhibited Makers Mark 10th anniversary Centres of Attraction
1987 Exhibited Form & Function , The Bowl at M.M. Craft Centre **
1987 Produced giftware / merchandising range for The Australian Ballet Company
1988 Produced V.I.P. giftware for Melb. City Council ( one piece given to HRH The Prince of Wales)
1988 Exhibited Classics Craft Centre , Sydney
1988 Exhibited Ernest Leviny exhibition at Buda , Castlemaine
1989 Exhibited Form & Function M.M.CC
1989 Exhibited Vincent Gallery Adelaide
1989 Exhibited Metro Arts , Brisbane
1989 Chosen as supplier of Giftware to members of the I.O.C.
1990 Exhibited Buyers Market of American Craft Atlantic City , U.S.A.
1990 Supplier of official gifts for the Prime Ministers Department ( Australia )
1990 Moved to the South Pacific (Vanuatu)
1991 Commissioned to design and make the Ring of Office for the President of the Republic of Vanuatu
1994 Exhibited Crafts of the South Pacific Fiji
1997-99 Returned to Australia
2003 Established Red Jewellery Gallery and workshop in South Bank Brisbane
2008 Moved to Tasmania
* CCA Crafts Council of Australia
** MM Meat Market Craft Centre Melbourne
31 Hunter Street, Hobart
Full range is available for purchase online at www.gavinmacsporran.com.au