Silversmith of the Month at William & Son
LONDON, July 8, 2011 – Following its exhibition in conjunction with British Silver Week 2011, luxury goods emporium William & Son has announced plans to have a series of small exhibitions, “Silversmith of the Month.”
This will be a month long selling exhibition of pieces made by British Silversmiths and starts from July until September.
July is dedicated to the works of Brett Payne.
Brett Payne is a leading Contemporary British Silversmith with over twenty years experience. He is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council.
The Silverware and Candlesticks that Brett Payne produces are all individually hot forged, by hand, in Sterling Silver. Traditionally Silversmiths work the metal cold but if treated with respect and great care it can also be worked hot.
The art of hot forging silver is not much practiced today but it does have a long tradition. Brett Payne has taken this tradition to a new level, developing the skill of hand forging Silver to explore new applications.
Brett Payne’s candlesticks are a synthesis of an ancient technique with his own very original and contemporary ideas of form. His understanding of the importance of simplicity leads to a refreshingly direct and uncomplicated way of making that produces timeless classics.
This exhibition will be followed by pieces from Shona Marsh in August and Alex Bernard in September.