I have run into controversy in my time as a silversmith. I have been told to stop making. Work has been intentionally damaged during an exhibition. I have even been taken to one side and given a severe telling off.
For me, this is a delight; I’m not interested in playing safe, conforming or producing what we already know. History and traditions are essential to recognise and acknowledge. However, there is a need to discover and offer something different.
Well. Really? Yes. Absolutely!
When is there too much making and when is there not enough?
A classic tin bucket with ‘gold’ belcher chain, bought from the Elephant and Castle market, sadly no longer with us. Put together with minimal making, almost none, it’s more of an assembly. It’s a bit of a joke for some people, but it’s a delight for others.
Material Tin Bucket, ‘Gold’ Chain
Dimensions 40 x 40 x 50cm
Baked in an oven Gas mark 2 for 12 hours. What appears is a ‘caked’ piece of silver. As the salt corrodes and pits silver, the rules and regulations are broken, presenting the dilemma of what you value? The silver or the journey of seeing this piece disintegrate slowly over time.
Material Sterling Silver, Common Table Salt
Dimensions 12 x 7 x 7cm
Location Private Collection UK
ONE DAY MY PLINTH WILL COME
These were all meticulously made, then dropped from a 12-foot ladder and finished off by gravity showing the pieces vulnerable side; split, bruised, ruptured, and dented. Metal is viewed as hard, resilient and long-lasting, however, it also holds many more vulnerable characteristics that need exploring.
One Day My Plinth Will Come
Material Silver Plate, Lead
Dimensions 8 x 15 x 6cm