The Beauty of Silver with Jessica Jue at the V&A

London Craft Week will take place from 30 September – 8 October. In the lead up to the festival London Craft Week will be offering a glimpse into what to expect this autumn with a Virtual Preview that includes exclusive online masterclasses, demonstrations, conversations and product launches, as well as virtual behind-the-scenes exhibition, studio and workshop tours.

The Virtual Preview reflects LCW’s ambition to celebrate exceptional creativity and craftsmanship from around the world. From household names to those less well known, its aim is to shine a spotlight on ‘unsung creative heroes’. LCW tells the stories behind some of the world’s most beautiful objects – the material, the maker, the process and the inspiration.

Jessica Jue is an exciting emerging silversmithing brand and graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. She reinvents traditional techniques in silver to craft elegantly beautiful contemporary designs that have won her many accolades, including three silver awards at the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council. Inspired by balance and harmony, Jue draws and sculpts with dramatic use of fluid and organic playful curves and aims to create a sense of rhythmic movement within her collection. She skilfully manipulates her forms through the ancient art of hammering, while also introducing and abundance of rich surface textures, through the use of pattern and gold. Important commissions have included a silver centrepiece for the National Museum of Scotland and the P&O Makower Trust.

Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for contemporary silver in the United Kingdom, is a membership organisation set up to inspire creativity and promote excellence in design and craftsmanship to new audiences nationally and internationally. Alongside promoting the work of its members, its worldwide community of makers are recognised for helping one another develop and the association aims to create a virtuous circle of skills transfer to protect and pass on skills for the future while showcasing how silver is relevant to contemporary life. Through its work, Contemporary British Silversmiths has partnered and collaborated with many organisations including the V&A, the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, Bonhams, Christies and Georg Jensen.