An exciting online event, Contemporary Silver: A Selling Exhibition, will feature works commissioned from 61 members of the Contemporary British Silversmiths around the theme of dining and will also include other examples of their work to highlight the diverse items being made today. The group was launched in 1996 by a core group of makers determined to give a voice to a new generation of silversmiths, rich in talents with a wealth of exciting new ideas.
Now widely recognised as the leading independent body for contemporary silversmithing, the group has organised exhibitions internationally and is dedicated to promoting contemporary silver to a global audience. Their members create silver objects using a variety of processes, from the traditional methods of raising and hammering to modern computer aided techniques. Their skill has ensured that their members are represented in prestigious national and international collections such as the Silver Trust’s collection, used at 10 Downing Street; The Goldsmiths’ Company and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Among the silversmiths participating are Martyn Pugh, whose Arc Grinders are illustrated on the previous page, and Jane Short who has produced a silver cream jug specifically for the exhibition, illustrated left in progress. With prices from £650 to £48,000 there is something for everyone. The exhibition and sale run from 29 July 2013 until 6 September 2013 and the pieces will be available to purchase online at: www.christies.com/silversmiths