Max Ball



Born Sydney 1949. Arrived W.A. 1964

Studied Architecture Perth Tech and WAIT 1968

Practiced full time as a registered Architect until 1995.

1990 – commenced own practice designing passive solar houses.

Ceased architecture and commenced full time jewellery practice 1995

Invited participant in “Bling” – a significantly prestigious exhibition celebrating 50 years of West Australian Jewellery to be held at Curtin University Gallery in April 2010 (postponed).

One of only 40 jewellers selected out of 400 entries from national & international submissions, to participate in a touring exhibition – ‘Contemporary Wearables 2009’ Jewellery Competition, by Toowoomba Regional Gallery Qld. His exhibiting creation was ‘Princess Leia’s Bracelet’

Recipient of Australia Council Grant for New Work 2008.

Selected for touring a piece in ‘Contemporary Wearables 2007’ Jewellery Competition, by Toowoomba Regional Gallery Qld

Highly commended at York Society Art & Craft Award 2007 Jewellery Section

Participated in a ‘Form’ Design Cluster based in Margaret River W.A. developing exhibition pieces in
2007.

Exhibited ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ at Bunbury Regional Gallery December 2007 in ‘Evolve’ a group exhibition.

Winner York Society Art and Craft Awards 2006 Jewellery Section.

Highly Commended York Society Art and Craft Award 2006 Jewellery Section.

Selected for touring a piece in ‘Contemporary Wearables 2005’ Jewellery Competition, by Toowoomba Regional Gallery Qld

Winner Artistic Concept JMGA (Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of W.A.) Bi-Annual Competition 2004.
Judge: Carlier Makigawa.

Highly Commended Inaugural Bunker Bay W.A. Spirals Art Award 2002 for a sculpture.
Judge : David Walker

Craftsperson in Residence Mulgara Gallery Yulara NT 1995-2002 (one month per year).

Selected for touring a piece in ‘Contemporary Wearables 2001’ Jewellery Competition, by Toowoomba Regional Gallery Qld.

Craftsperson in Residence Mowbray Gallery, Port Douglas, FNQ 1999-2001 (one month per year)

Artist Statement
‘I design and make objects which reflect my love of simplicity and which endeavour to cleverly use materials in an individual way.
My work is design driven. I try to re-invent the wheel every time.’

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Title : Cage Necklace

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : Sterling silver & S.P gem

Price : $445 (incl snake chain)

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Title : L.O.V.E U Cube Necklace

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : Sterling Silver

Price : $440 (incl snake chain)

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Title : Love Sphere Bracelet

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : S.S & Blue Topaz

Price : $595 (incl Belcher chain)

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Title : ‘Caxton’ Necklace

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : S.S & 8mm D. blue topaz

Price : $695 (incl snake chain)

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Title : Trap Ring – ‘Budding’

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : S.S Rhod.Garnet & Peridot

Price : $595

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Title : ‘Bristling’ bangle

Artist : Max Ball

Medium : Sterling Silver & Ass. Gems

Price : $1,950

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