Makers News

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

Design in Silver Award 2008 – Phil Jordan

By Phil Jordan Phil Jordan: a short course with Ndidi Ekubia Contemporary British Silversmith Award I recently completed a short 3-day course with Ndidi Ekubia at her workshop in Cockpit Arts, Deptford. The course was paid for by the award from the Contemporary British Silversmiths that I won at New Designers 2008. This money also… 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

New Designers 2008

By Shona Marsh Taking place on the 3rd to 6th July, New Designers showcased recent graduates from the country’s jewellery and silversmithing courses. On first impressions the overwhelming ratio of jewellers to silversmiths is, as always, a little disappointing but once I started mingling amongst the show cases I was more than happy with the… Continue Reading