A Private View of ‘Secret Spaces, Hidden Gems’ at the Royal Hall, Harrogate!

Last night saw the opening of North Yorkshire Open Studio’s Taster Exhibition ‘Secret Spaces, Hidden Gems’ which will run alongside the Open Studio event itself (9th,10th,16th and 17th June).

I brought up some work from down South to hopefully provide a good representation of traditional silversmithing to our lovely North Yorkshire… it’s a great chance to get a good look at some of my large scale pieces before you perhaps decide to visit me next month here in my Wighill workshop!

The show is open from today 31st May till the 17th June.

(Free admission – Weekdays 12 noon – 3pm / Weekends and Bank Holidays 12 noon – 5pm)

The Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2RD 01423 500500

Go to NYOS to view more information…

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A Summer Commission begins…

This month’s project has certainly seen a very warm beginning. Even in my lovely ‘chilled’ workshop the combination of the sun pouring in through the windows and the frequent lighting of the gas torch has kept me beyond toasty… So the doors are wide open with the sound of hens dust bathing in the hot ground and not forgetting Joseph ‘cock-a-doodle-doing’ throughout the day to keep me company.

Without revealing too much at this stage, my current project is made up of a number of silver component pieces which will see some pieces permanently fixed together, while other sections simply ‘locate’ to each other…  It’s turning into a very tidy commission piece – a very lovely handleable scale which I hope my customer will enjoy interacting with!

So apron back on, ear plugs (and water bottle) at the ready – time to ‘tap tap tap’ away!

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‘Figure 8’ Commission

Here at last is the recently finished ‘Figure 8’ Vase.

Hand raised from flat sheet Britannia silver, with bold but finely textured hammered detail to both sides of the piece to create a figure 8 style opening at the top.

The vase has been privately commissioned, and is now living happily with its new owner!

Dimensions : Approx. H170 X W115 X D115mm

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Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012

Having been selected to enter a piece of work early this year into the Schoonhoven Silver Award 2012, invitations have now been sent out to all of us competitors for the awards ceremony at the Nederlands Zilvermuseum on the 5th of April.

Schoonhoven is known as the ‘Silver City’ of the Netherlands and this will be the 5th year of the competition, celebrating objects received from over 10 countries, all of which made especially for this event. From all 22 international entries, only two of us brits were selected to take part in the competition. With heavy opposition, I hope that my work stands out just a little at this international awards ceremony! 

The exhibition will be on display at the Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven from the 5th of April to 1st of July.

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Forming Curves

After spending a good bit of time forging out those long rods of silver, it gave me great satisfaction to finally put some shape into those poker straight lengths!

All of the form was put in by bending the rod by hand over a gently curved stake – very gradually bit by bit, making sure to avoid any kinks.  Think I got some lovely curves…

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Forging Silver

Busy forging silver rods today, which will eventually become part of my new piece… So far she’s only tapered out from 410mm to 515mm – and she’s a long way to go yet!
Bring on the blisters!

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Modelling, sketch work and objects…. With a desk full of little inspirations, it’s time to start putting these forms together to make that ‘all exciting’ piece!

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