Benjamin James Ryan
Award winning designer and craftsman Benjamin James Ryan specialises in producing bespoke silverware, jewellery & public art. Being a traditionally trained silversmith with a background in engineering, he strives to create beautifully functional and practical items, designed to stand the test of time. His creations combine both traditional making skills, and new technologies such as, Water-Jet Cutting, 3D Printing and CNC Milling. Ryan’s design ethos is based around creating truly unique luxury items in a considered contemporary style. His designs often have a hidden narrative, or pay homage to iconic classic design forms, using either a functional or aesthetic twist.
In recent years Benjamin James Ryan Ryan has won a number of awards including ‘Craftsmanship & Design Awards’ for design, craftsmanship and innovation in technology, as well as the prestigious ‘Young Designer Silversmith of the Year Award’ and ‘Gil Packard Bursary’ presented by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. He has work is on permanent display on the site of William Shakespeare’s House in Stratford-Upon-Avon (New Place) and in the National Museum of Wales, and has exhibited in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Christies Auction House as well as featuring on Channel Four’s television show ‘Four Rooms’.
‘My aim is to create beautifully functional objects without compromising on aesthetics. My inspiration is often lead by a commission brief or interesting objects that I’ve have seen. The process of making jewellery and silverware traditionally from the bench, coupled with cutting edge manufacturing techniques, helps me to produce unique items. I often try to mechanically assemble pieces where possible, so I can combine different surface finishes and textures, to help accentuate form or to play with reflections.’ Benjamin James Ryan
Ryan graduated from Buckinghamshire University with BA Hons and is a full member of (CBS) Contemporary British Silversmiths, (NJA) National Jewellers Association, the (IPG) Institute Of Professional Goldsmiths’ as well as RAPnet for the sourcing of ethical stones. He is also a fellow of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Bishopsland Educational Trust and the Michelangelo Foundation ‘Homofaberguide’.