British Silver Week launches at London gallery
LONDON, May 10, 2010 – British Silver Week 2010 took over the Pangolin Gallery in London to hold its official launch and celebrate the country’s silversmithing talent.
On Tuesday 27 April 2010, hundreds of guests attended to admire the stunning British-made silverware that will be on display at selling exhibitions around the UK from June.
One of the highlights of the day was the prize-giving ceremony, which saw many of the participating silversmiths awarded with a range of courses and funding for the quality of their work.
Fellow silversmith Malcolm Appleby awarded the prize of £700 for “the best engraved design on a finished three-dimensional piece” to Miriam Hanid, while the second place of £300 went to Angus McFadyen.
Meanwhile, ASIC of Switzerland gave a prize of a set of five FRETZ silversmith hammers to Victoria Coleman for winning “best newcomer”.
Other winners on the day included Lawrence Bishop, who won a one-week silversmithing workshop experience courtesy of Hamilton & Inches.
Charlotte Tollyfield, Louise Chesshire and Louise Walker all won a one-day introduction to manufacturing course with LJ Millington, while Carol Douglas was awarded a one-day introduction to casting course with Hean Studio.
Merrell Casting Co. Ltd awarded two-day practical precious metal casting courses to Ben Ryan and Adi Toch, while Niagara Falls Castings awarded its two-day CAD CAM and rapid prototyping course to Rupert Todd.
Louise Chesshire won The Precious Metal Clay Studio’s one-day course on working in precious metal clay.
Business courses provided by British Silver Week were also up for grabs. Seven silversmiths won two-day courses focusing on business plans, sales and marketing.
The lucky winners were Charlotte Tollyfield, Esther Lord, James Dougall, Jemma Daniels, Miriam Hanid, Shona Marsh and Victoria Coleman.
Gordon Hamme, managing director of British Silver Week, said: “I have been blown away by the quality of pieces on show here today.
“Some of the most talented craftsmen in the world are here in the UK. And I’m delighted to give a special prize to Karina Gill for innovative work, which we hope will encourage her to pursue her line of skills.”
Now in its third year, British Silver Week seeks to promote contemporary British silversmithing to an even wider audience in 2010.
This year, there will be 16 selling events held in galleries and specialist shops across the UK, taking place from 1 June.
Every exhibition will give the public the rare chance to see the best in British design talent using one of the most precious of metals: silver.
Exhibitions will be held at a range of venues, from London to Edinburgh and Oxford to Sheffield, with locations including the two prestigious Hamilton & Inches stores and Birmingham’s contemporary St Paul’s Gallery.