A recurring theme within silversmithing in Scotland is the making of beautiful vessels for whisky. Makers have been producing stunning tumblers, water jugs and quaichs for centuries and the tradition continues to this day.

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths supports the craft of silversmithing in Scotland and works with many talented makers who are producing some of today’s most finely crafted whisky receptacles.

hamish-dobbie-whisky-tumblers-water-jugHamish Dobbie
Glasgow based silversmith Hamish Dobbie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and proceeded to quickly make a name for himself in the world of silversmithing. He now has a vase on display in the stunning new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland. Hamish created this unique set of whisky tumblers and a pouring jug to reflect a sense of calm in a hostile environment – the smooth polished silver and the textured rough silver evoke a sense of the desolate and beautiful. The pieces were designed in CAD (Computer Aided Design software) and made using a combination of 3D printing and spinning to ensure consistency throughout the set.
Hamish added a crystal decanter with a silver stopper to the set which was available to see and buy at Elements 2.

 

sarah-cave-2Sarah Cave
This silver and gold plated tumbler is made by Perth based silversmith and jeweller, Sarah Cave. This chunky yet delicate tumbler is hand raised, an ancient silversmithing technique, from a single flat disc of silver with a caulked edge. The bottom is curved so that it sits comfortably in the hand and rocks slightly when it’s put down. Sarah exhibited her silverware and jewellery at Elements 2.

 

 

 

 

michael lloyd 006Michael Lloyd
Renowned silversmith Michael Lloyd was paired with Sir Sean Connery to make this exquisite Quaich as part of Silver of the Stars, in which ten Scottish silversmiths were paired with ten Scottish celebrities to produce a piece of silverware to reflect the theme of a ‘drink with a close friend’. Sir Sean envisaged himself sharing one of Scotland’s finest malt whiskies from this gilded quaich with the founder and first president of the Turkish Republic, Atatürk.
Its gold interior reflects its liquid amber content and the silver exterior is embossed with apple tree branches and fruit.

 

 

 

Robbie Coltrane 012Grant McCaig
Grant was commissioned to produce this stunning silver whisky set for actor Robbie Coltrane.
Grant incorporated Robbie’s love of jazz and Cadillacs to produce this sleek and sophisticated whisky set with a 1950s feel. Each celebrity chose the drink they wanted to share and Robbie was influenced by his most memorable drink – drinking whisky on the banks of the Mississippi with Jason Robards whilst he was filming Huckleberry Finn.
Visitors were able to see work by Grant McCaig at Elements 2 in the Silverscape, which featured the work of 5 exceptional UK silversmiths.

 

Photo Credits – Grant Mccaig/Michael Lloyd – Shannon Tofts, Hamish Dobbie – Thomas Dobbie

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