Chloë is a maker of jewellery, objects and art. Although she started her artistic life as a painter and a sewer and then trained as a jeweller she now finds herself working across all three areas and often filling the gaps in between. Primarily process driven, it is the materials she is drawn to work with which usually determine the final form. It is in a busy studio surrounded by materials and in the midst of working on an exciting project that Chloë feels happiest and most at home. It is the pure love of making which drives both her studio practice and her teaching. She is hopeful that just a little bit of that love will transfer into the objects she creates and to the students she teaches.
Chloë Waddell gained her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours from Sydney College of the Arts in 2005. In 2008, she co-founded Breathing Colours Gallery – a multi disciplinary exhibition and retail space with a focus on contemporary jewellery. After selling the gallery and moving to Melbourne in 2011 she began concentrating on her own artistic practice again and became a regular stallholder at Melbourne’s many arts and crafts markets including a weekly position at the Rose Street Artist Market. Chloe returned to Sydney at the start of 2014 to take up the position of Jewellery Technical Officer at Sydney College of the Arts. She moved to Brisbane at the start of 2015 to welcome her daughter Rho into the world and spent the next couple of years finding a balance between her art practice and full time mum-ing. With the arrival of baby Zed in early 2017 things have been thrown into chaos once again but a move into a group studio in August 2017 with some other fabulous artists, has got the creative juices flowing once again.
Since graduating from SCA, Chloe has regularly exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions. As well as her technical teaching at SCA, she has also taught jewellery classes to both adults and children at community college and independent art schools; and from the start of 2011 until the end of 2015 Chloe was a committee member of the NSW arm of Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, first as secretary, then treasurer.