Marian Hosking

Australia, b. 1948



For over 40 years, Marian Hosking has interpreted the Australian landscape through silver jewellery and vessel work. Her practice focuses upon the embodiment of the personal meaning of place and landscape in intimate objects, with work characterised by research into the history, languages and processes of jewellery and silversmithing. In particular, Hosking explores the potential for the miniature to act as a ‘souvenir’ or paradigm for such ideas.


The painstaking labor and time inherent in hand-made craft is an essential component of Marian’s work. She uses casting techniques alongside fine sawpiercing and riveting.


Hosking’s undergraduate studies were completed in Melbourne in 1969. She travelled to California, London, Barcelona and Germany, where she studied at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim in the early 1970s. Marian completed her Master of Arts in 1996 and her PhD at Monash University in Melbourne in 2009.


Hosking is noted as a dedicated and influential teacher and advocate for Australian art and craft as Head of the Gold and Silversmithing Department at Monash University until 2012. In 2003, she was named a ‘Living Treasure’ of Australia craft and in 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Colin & Cicely Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria. Her work is held in collections worldwide.


“I make jewellery that references specific botanical specimens and birds. I am not replicating them in an illustrative way, allowing the viewer/wearer to place his or her own reading onto the work. Often this reading is removed from where I started, but the emotive sensibility is similar. I utilise low relief, drawing on the soft, white luminosity of silver.”  Marian Hosking

Hyacinth Orchid, 2013, blackened silver

More work by Marian Hosking

Weathered wood brooch by Marian Hosking Weathered wood brooch , 2017, wood, silver ,
Doubled brooch by Marian Hosking Doubled brooch , 2019, mother of pearl, blackened silver ,
Clearing (group) by Marian Hosking Clearing (group) , 2012, eucalyptus wood, silver, porcelain, paint ,
Brooches by Marian Hosking Brooches , 2013, blackened silver, sterling silver ,
Heart leaf group by Marian Hosking Heart leaf group , 2010, heat coloured silver ,
River Redgum brooch by Marian Hosking River Redgum brooch , 2013, blackened silver ,
Double Brachychiton pendant by Marian Hosking Double Brachychiton pendant , 2013, blackened silver ,
Corea brooch by Marian Hosking Corea brooch , 2013, heat coloured silver ,
Coralline brooch by Marian Hosking Coralline brooch , 2013, blackened silver ,
Celery Top Pine & Paper Daisy by Marian Hosking Celery Top Pine & Paper Daisy , 2011, heat coloured silver ,
Coastal brooch by Marian Hosking Coastal brooch , 2017, silver and heat coloured silver ,
Silver Mallee necklace by Marian Hosking Silver Mallee necklace , 2017, mother of pearl, silver ,
Group of rings by Marian Hosking Group of rings , 2017, silver ,
Wood brooches by Marian Hosking Wood brooches , 2013, Eucalyptus wood, silver, paint ,
Rhododendron, fern, hoya group by Marian Hosking Rhododendron, fern, hoya group , 2012, silver, paint ,
Cast wrap rings by Marian Hosking Cast wrap rings , ongoing edition, silver, blackened silver ,
Bluegum necklace by Marian Hosking Bluegum necklace , 2018, sterling silver, thread ,
Rings by Marian Hosking Rings , 1998/2000, shell, synthetic spinel, moonstone, silver, gold ,
Brackchiton vessel by Marian Hosking Brackchiton vessel , 2011, sterling silver ,
Gum leaves vessel & Grass brooch/lid by Marian Hosking Gum leaves vessel & Grass brooch/lid , 2010/2018, silver, stainless steel ,
Celery Top Pine necklace by Marian Hosking Celery Top Pine necklace , 2018, silver ,
Smoke Bush by Marian Hosking Smoke Bush , 2015, blackened silver ,
Crest by Marian Hosking Crest , 2013, sterling silver ,
Cape Conran group by Marian Hosking Cape Conran group , 2017, silver, blackened silver ,
Preissenia necklace by Marian Hosking Preissenia necklace , 2017, fossilised coral beads, heat coloured silver ,
Group of brooches by Marian Hosking Group of brooches , , ,
Hyacinth Orchid  by Marian Hosking Hyacinth Orchid , 2013, blackened silver ,
Bark and linen necklace by Marian Hosking Bark and linen necklace , 2013, silver, Italian linen ,



10 March - 9 April, 2020

Elegy is an exhibition of ‘mourning jewellery’ by a group of 12 Australian women artists, reflecting on the loss of ecology and biodiversity.

Recent Works: Weathered and Worn

November 14 - December 9, 2017

One of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths presents a new body of work that draws on the experience of Victorian coastal environments.

Greetings from…

October 29 to November 23, 2013

Marian Hosking’s recent research has taken her to familiar coastal and inland environments around Victoria and NSW.


October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.


30 November - 23 December 2022