Marian Hosking

Australia, b. 1948

One of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths, Marian Hosking has been creating work for over 40 years. In 2007 she was named ‘Living Treasure: Master of Australian Craft’ and in 2012 she won the Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award. Hosking studied Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, going on to complete her Master of Arts in 1996 and her PhD at Monash University in Melbourne in 2009. She has lectured and taught internationally and was Senior Lecturer at the Monash Art Design and Architecture department until 2014.


Marian’s distinctive work translates imagery from the natural environment through drawing, fabrication and castings techniques.  She says “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.”


Her most recent exhibition with Gallery Funaki was 2013’s Greetings from… , a collection of work informed by Marian’s experience of the inland coastal environments around Victoria and NSW. Marian lives and works in Melbourne. She will exhibit a new solo exhibition at Funaki in November 2017

Crest, 2013, sterling silver

Work for sale

More work by Marian Hosking

Clearing (group) by Marian Hosking Clearing (group) , 2012, eucalyptus wood, silver, porcelain, paint ,
Brooches by Marian Hosking Brooches , 2013, blackened silver, sterling silver ,
Souvenir necklace by Marian Hosking Souvenir necklace , 2011, blackened silver ,
Brooches by Marian Hosking Brooches , 2011, blackened silver, sterling silver ,
Wrap rings by Marian Hosking Wrap rings , ongoing edition, blackened silver, sterling silver ,
Small brooches by Marian Hosking Small brooches , ongoing edition, blackened silver, sterling silver ,
Celery Top Pine & Paper Daisy by Marian Hosking Celery Top Pine & Paper Daisy , 2011, heat coloured silver ,


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.

Silver Seams and Small Blocks

May 5 to 30, 2009

Marian Hosking’s practice focuses upon the embodiment of place in intimate objects.


October 6 - 31, 2015

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

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.