Makers News

Shona Marsh commissioned by Royal Engineers

Shona Marsh commissioned by Royal Engineers

At the start of the year was Shona Marsh was commissioned by the Royal Engineers to make a piece that celebrated the 300 year anniversary of the Sappers. The piece was created from 3 inter-twisting sections that represented the 3 main principles elements of the Sappers engraved with the key words engraved. Live:fight:move Design:resource:construct Solder: combat… Continue Reading

Spirit of Christmas Vessel Show at Studio Fusion Gallery

The celebration of special occasions with drinking vessels is rich in history and tradition. This Christmas, Studio Fusion Gallery is delighted to show work by some of the top metalsmiths in the UK: a selected group of contemporary designers/silversmiths reinterpreting the drinking experience. With pieces from members Juliette Bigley, Mary Ann Simmons, Angela Cork, Rebecca… Continue Reading

Cara Murphy wins Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

Cara Murphy wins Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

Silversmith Cara Murphy has won the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, of £15,000.  This unique bursary, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Rosy James Trust, aims to assist craft makers to develop their careers by developing a body of work which might otherwise have been unattainable. Cara’s work has developed… Continue Reading

Member Patrick Davison wins Best New Design Award

Member Patrick Davison wins Best New Design Award

  Kent-based designer-maker Patrick Davison has won the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 Best New Design Award (Week Two) for Box, an intriguing mixed metal container constructed with silver, brass, copper, bronze, and nickel silver (alpaca). Announcing the prize, Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council, the national agency for contemporary craft, drew attention to the… Continue Reading

Design in Silver Award Winner 2014: Loucinda Nims

Loucinda Nims from Bucks New University – 3D Contemporary Craft and Products won the Contemporary British Silversmiths “Design in Silver Award” at New Designers. Loucinda can use the prize of £1000 for training to advance her understanding of silversmithing. This wasn’t the only award Loucinda received – she also won the New Designers Craft &… Continue Reading

Gift for the Pope

In August 2010 Contemporary British Silversmiths member Shona Marsh was approached by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to make a replica of a damaged cross found in the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009. The objects in this Anglo Saxon hoard date from 700AD and its links to an early Christian society drew the personal attention of… Continue Reading

New Designers 2010

By Shona Marsh New Designers, the annual graduate degree show, provides the opportunity of viewing, under one roof, the budding applied artist; the talent, the trends and, more importantly the state of  the many applied arts courses from around the UK. Shona Marsh offers her view on this year’s exhibition noting that silversmithing seems to… Continue Reading

Our Logo & Name Change

In 2007 members of the association undertook a review of the structure and potential of our organisation. Through a series of ‘away days’ we worked with designer and consultant Tory Dunn, spoke with PR expert David McDonough, commissioned a Business Strategy Plan with Alex Murdin and invited Rupert Hambro to become our Patron. Continue Reading