Campoli & Nelson is a partnership of two local Sussex artists which began in 2003.

Philip Nelson, silversmith and jeweller, graduated with honours in 3D metal design, followed by distinctions in fine art. He worked as a product designer in Utrecht, Holland for a few years followed by a further year working in the silversmithing department of the Dutch crown jewellers, Van der Vet in Amsterdam. On his return to England he joined the famous “Jewellery Workshop” in Covent Garden. At this time, he exhibited annually at Goldsmiths Hall, including a collaborative exhibition there with glass artist Sam Herman called “Bottles and Tops”. Outlets included Liberty’s, the Casson Gallery, Nieman Marcus and Bloomingdales amongst others. Philip is as interested in the processes of creating as he is in the finished article. He often adds details of gold or gilding, black chrome or ebony to contrast with the silver and glass.

After art college in Boston Joe Campoli studied stained glass, followed by glass blowing courses at the Berkshire Centre for Contemporary glass, and at the Fellerman and Raab studios in Sheffield, Massachussetts. His lamps, light sconces and jewellery are made by fusing multiple layers of glass with embedded metals and minerals with accents of dichroic (metallised) glass. His pieces need multiple firings over many days to reach the desired shapes and colours. Joe’s work is distinguished by the way he allows the natural qualities of glass-forming and firing to be focal, leaving the naturally formed edges and surface textures to waver and glisten, following in the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi or Shibui. People remark how each time they look into his work there is always something new and exciting to discover.