The British are Coming an on-line exhibition of British base Silversmiths


The British are Coming an on-line exhibition of British base Silversmiths

An online exhibition of Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.

The works submitted have been made from 2011 onwards.

Photo left:

David Clarke , "INSALTED"

Sterling Silver, table salt.

10cm x 10cm x 5cm

Photography: David Clarke

Location: online
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Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2015

The British are coming

Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibition, which I hope gives to a insight to the work of British based Silversmiths

I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition, in total of 131 images where submitted. Only one image from each maker is shown here, to see the full picture of the other works by these talented makers please visit my Pinterest Board

- Mark Fenn

Sandra Austin ‘Pullan’ (Cornish for rockpool) 2013  Sterling silver, hand fabricated Base - Cornish Delabole Slate  H: 130mm L: 390mm

Photo  credit - Paul Mounsey 

Juliette Bigley  "Milk and Cream Carafes"  2013, Britannia Silver, 90x140x60  photo credits Sussie Ahlburg

Florence Carter Pinch pots and Candle holders, 2013, Silver

David Clarke  INFLUX COLLECTION 2012

Silver Plated Nickel Silver, Pewter. approx 8cm x 8cm x 12cm

photo credits David Clarke

Imogen Clarkstone Silver & Green 2013, Sterling Silver, Green spray paint, Pine, 25 cm x 6.5cm

Polly Collins Soft Spoon and Stitched Vessel 2013

Britannia Silver and Bog Oak wood (10 x 190 x 45mm and 95 x 85 x 95 mm) Photographer: Konrad Mielniczuk

Angela Cork - Pair of Oxidised Blown Vases

Hamish Dobbie  Fingals Goblet. : 2012 Caption: Sterling Silver Goblet hand raised and 3D printed. Approximately 170mm Heigh and 70mm in diameter. Photographer: Tom Dobbie.

Hannah Felicity Dunne Molluscan Vase 2011

Caption: Fine silver, Hand-raised and chased, Diameter 14cm Height 20cm Photographer: Hannah Dunne

Kirsty Eaglesfield  Flotsam Tea Infuser Stick 2012 Sterling silver & driftwood, 15.5 x 2.5 x 1 cm Photo Kirsty Eaglesfield

Mark Fenn Vessel  

sterling silver part-gilt with macassar ebony (diospyros celbica) base 19.2cm high image credit Mike Blissett.

Wally Gilbert  Lily Vases  

2011, 500mm tall, Britannia silver, Photographer  Keith James,

Stephanie Glaves Thrice

2013 Water jet cut nickel, cold worked and silver plated 26cmx26cmx12cm  Photo Credit Nigel Essex

Shaun Grace  Sterling Silver Cake  2012  

Approx 250mm length Photographer: Richard Valenica

Diana Greenwood ‘Hogs Back’ Silver Vessel  2013 laser cut and fabricated sterling silver Dimensions: 190mm (h) x 85mm (dia base) Photo: Keith Leighton

Stuart Griffiths  Flat water by moonlight

2013 Britannia silver 0.9 20cm by 20cm sheet

Kathryn Hinton Square Faceted Dish  2012

Britannia silver, 140mm x 100mm x 20mm  Photographer, Kathryn Hinton

Sarah Hooker 003 Ladle 2013

Sterling silver

Rachel Leighton row,row,row bowl

Georgina Leung  Sharing 2013

Britannia Silver, Sterling Silver, Bamboo Photography:

Lauren Maclure  Spun Vessels

Photographer Ant Clausen Photography

Jo McAllister  Binoculars 2011

Fine silver, plastic optics, vintage leather strap with steel fixings. H:100mm, W:127mm, D:23mm 

Photograph: Alexander Brattell

Samantha Moore  Migration of Swallows 2011- 2012

Sterling Silver, Gold Vermeil

Pete Musson Parametric Representation

Ambika Nagpal Silver with turned wooden base

Theresa Nguyen Clothworkers’ Company Centrepiece, 2013

Britannia silver H 280mm x W 490mm x L 520mm

Photo credit: Packshot factory

Sarah Pasley -Shiny things make it all better

Steffanie Percival  'Silent Thoughts'  2013

Photo Credit Nigel Essex

Katherine Priest - Spiral vase 7.5cm tall

Made from rapid-protyping and casting


Jacqueline Scholes To serve and share 2011

Fine silver, rosewood. Diameter of dish:15cm length: 28cm

photo credits Clarissa Bruce

Hazel Thorn Fractured Year 2012

Britannia silver, gilding-metal Measurements: aprox 20cm tall

Photo by: Hazel Thorn

Adi Toch Little Beak Oil Drizzler, 2012

Britannia silver, dimensions: 11.5cm diameter x 9cm height

Photo: Sussie

Louise Walker PLANET Rocking Bowl 2011

White Precious Metal & Stainless Steel Photographer: Emily Adams

About the Curator :- Mark Fenn


Mark Fenn is a contemporary studio Jeweller and Silversmith with a BA (Hons) degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from UCA.


Mark’s studio work is informed by the narrative and the personal. Mark is an award winning silversmith and a graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. He is also a full member of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery and also sits on the ACJ advisory panel. He is based in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent, UK. He is currently working on a book of Narrative Jewellery "Tales from the Tool Box" and will also be curating an online exhibition of Narrative Jewellery here on Crafthaus. Mark's web site can be found here

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 23, 2013 at 4:48am

“Message: Beyond Adornment” 
Exhibition Announcement and Call for Your Readers Help and Participation 

The Farnham based Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) have challenged themselves to design, make and exhibit a collection of works in response to the theme of:
“Message: Beyond Adornment”
The members of the JSN will be exploring creative boundaries and interpreting the theme in its broadest sense developing ideas including environmental, philosophical, social and personal in a variety of media. 
The exhibition will run from 27th April 2014 – 7th June 2014 at The New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

One of the displays will be a collection of work sent in by anyone who would like to join in be they professional, or amateur, young 
or old. It will look at how we can try to take control of images of ourselves, a topical theme given the prevalence of social media sites and the speed with which our image can be spread across the internet
JSN Member Poppy Porter says; “ we are keen to involve as wide an audience as possible with this exhibition and engage with people beyond a passive viewing experience. Get involved make a necklace.”
THE BRIEF: Design and make a piece of revisable neckwear that says “I Agree” on one side and “I Disagree” on the other. This allows the wearer to physically attempt to send a message about whether they want their photo taken or not. “I Agree” and “I Disagree” is the terminology commonly used in computer software user agreements. You can use any materials you like in any style. There is only one proviso – it is a swap, you will not get your own necklace back but you will get someone else’s. Do not use precious materials unless you are willing to give them away – if you make a necklace out of diamonds be aware you may get one back made out of wool.
Submissions must be received by March 24th 2014
Send to : Rebecca Skeels, Jewellery and Metalwork, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Including an SAE with postage to cover the return of a necklace.
• "The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network is a group run by and for its members with the aim of strengthening links with other makers in the local area around Farnham, Surrey. We meet regularly at the Maltings, Farnham to exchange useful information and explore new skills. We also exhibit together as a group, presenting our work to as wide a range of people as possible. As members of the group, we are able to take advantage of, and create, collaborative opportunities that would not be available to us as individuals."
• The New Ashgate Gallery Trust is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey.
Please contact JSN for hi-res images via Dropbox on

Comment by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn on October 17, 2013 at 4:10am

Hi Christopher

thank you and yes that might be a good idea for a joint online exhibition....but I do have another one in the pipe line based on narrative which is a world wide call..but could you do one yourself based one makers down under? in the to date I'm not that familiar with makers down would be great to see what they are up to. regards Mark

Comment by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn on October 17, 2013 at 4:05am

Hi Sophia

thank you for your kind comment

regards Mark

Comment by Christopher Hardwick on October 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Stunningly superb, a wonderful collection displaying the skills of talented people.  It would be wonderful in the future to have a joint online exhibition with your cousins down under.

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on October 14, 2013 at 5:19pm

Beautiful and innovative collection of works of a centuries old art. Thank you for sharing, Mark.

Comment by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn on October 14, 2013 at 11:37am

Hello 2Roses

I agree with you comment about the use of cad/cam within the field of craft. It is just another tool that we as makers have to hand..and the choice to use or not, myself I will use CAD to help visualise some work and where need be to help make..but I will not abandon the hand made

Comment by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn on October 14, 2013 at 11:31am

Hi Justified Sinner

thank you and yes I hoped to show some new makers I meet most of them at New Designers 2013 in London..great show and you can find some amazing work on display

Comment by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn on October 14, 2013 at 8:58am

Hi Atelier Hg 

thank you for your comments and please do also look at the Pinterest Board where you will find some more work by Kathryn Hinton and the other makers featured here

Regards Mark

Comment by 2Roses on October 13, 2013 at 10:41am

Remarkable showing. What strikes me is the homogenous use of cad/cam with traditional handwork. Far from the myth that craft expertise and talent will be replaced by an amateur with a computer, this show demonstrates that makers will simply incorporate and absorb new tools and techniques to expand their vocabulary.

Comment by The Justified Sinner on October 13, 2013 at 8:41am


What a fantastic show. Thanks for putting this together. Good to see a sprinkling of recent graduates in there too.


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