We were delighted to have some of the UK’s most talented silversmiths joining us in 2016 at Elements Festival. Each silversmith exhibiting at Elements had their own style and used different techniques, from the ancient to the cutting edge. Here’s just a taster of some the items made by some of the Elements silversmiths.

Ryan McClean - Finned VaseRyan McClean – Finned Vase
Ryan’s stunning ‘Finned’ collection has been computer designed and 3-D printed and then been transferred to silver in a numbers of ways; some are cast and more recently he has been experimenting with electroforming.

 

 

 

Hamish Dobbie - Whisky TumblersHamish Dobbie – Whisky Tumblers
Glasgow based silversmith Hamish Dobbie combines both traditional skills and contemporary techniques. Much of his work is based on the rugged landscape of Western Scotland.

 

 

 

Hazel Thorn, Wrapped Birch Vessel, 2015, Britannia silver and gilding-metal, height 8cmHazel Thorn – Wrapped Birch Vessel
Hazel’s striking and unusual silver designs are made by constructing metal sheets whose patterns are created by fusing together precious and base metals. After forming these into sculptural vessels, she applies one chemical patination, this affects the mixed metals in different ways, producing contrasting colours.

 

 

 

Kathryn Hinton, Small faceted bowl1, 50mmx50mmx20mmKathryn Hinton – Small Faceted Bowl
Kathryn Hinton’s faceted silver work merges traditional ideas with digital technology. She uses different methods of manufacture from the use of traditional hand skills to digital technology.

 

 

 

02_Simmons_Panel VesselsMary Ann Simmons – Panel Vessels
For Mary Ann Simmons, boxes present the ultimate challenge in silversmithing. In her latest works she is pushing boundaries of the technique and the scale to create objects using the simplicity of the multisided form: a two dimensional material is scored and folded to create pieces with depth, volume and intrigue.

 

 

 

1. Bryony Knox. Pelican Bowl & Fish Pendant. Chased silver & Glass. 45 x 40 x 30 cm. image by Shannon Tofts.Bryony Knox – Pelican Bowl with Fish Pendant
Bryony’s elegant work brings a hint of humour and glamour to the simple items we use in our daily rituals. Each individual piece is brought to life using the techniques of repousse and chasing, often with enamel or gilded details, creating functional silverware with a twist.

 

 

 

 

Angus McFadyen - Damask beakerAngus McFadyen – Damask Beaker
Angus enjoys the process of making his silverware, he choose to raise his silver rather than having it spun then spends time engraving or carving it, sometimes inlaying it with fine gold or fine silver.

 

 

 

 

 

Karina Gill AnemoneKarina Gill – Anemone Bowl
Karina Gill uses free-hand acid etching creates a heavily textured yet delicate surface, giving each individual bowl an organic quality and the silver is then hand-sculpted and hammered to create a final geometric bowl.

 

 

 

 

3 Tassies(1)Burnish – Various
‘Burnish’ brings three Scottish silversmiths, Bryony Knox, Linda Robertson and Karen Wallace. Joined by a love of working in precious metals their skills are shown in a variety of traditional techniques interpreted with a modern edge of design. (Images l-r Linda Robertson, Karen Wallace and Bryony Knox).

 

 

 

 

Sheila McDonald - Tartan Inspired TumblersSheila McDonald – Tartan Inspired Tumblers
Sheila’s work features many traditional enamel techniques such as engraving, champlevé, bassetaille plique a jour, used in a contemporary style.

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