Alfred Pain came to designing and silversmithing after a career in commerce and manufacturing, much of which was in architectural ironmongery and metalwork. He trained at the Sir John Cass faculty of London Metropolitan University where he won the Jerwood Prize in Silversmithing. Working in gold, silver, wood, glass, acrylics and steel, he creates work that is plain and elegant, with contrasting colours and textures. He also carries out design only commissions in precious metals and fine metalwork.
Alfred Pain is a founder member of Contemporary British Silversmiths, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.