‘Luxus’ Salt & Pepper Grinders

‘Luxus’ Salt & Pepper Grinders: Over the last couple of months I have been working on producing this very special pair of sterling silver, part gilt, and diamond set Salt & Pepper Grinders for the Christies ‘Special Dining Exhibition’. The pieces themselves are fitted with state of the art ceramic grinding mechanisms suitable for both salt and pepper and are produced using a mixture of traditional silversmithing techniques alongside cutting edge new technology. They are aptly named the ‘Luxus’ Salt & Pepper Grinders Latin for Luxury and Extravagance, due to the materials they are made from and the sheer amount of work poured into both their design and manufacture! They are without doubt one of the most challenging designs I have made to date, but now all the long hours of designing and making has passed… I’m really happy with the outcome. :) I hope you like them too…
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Mini Bio…

As a result of the Christies Online Auction, I was asked to do a little photo shoot and interview based around my work and a new design of mine: My ‘Luxus’ Salt & Pepper Grinders – made exclusively for Christies Dining Exhibition and Online Contemporary Silver Sale.

The Mini Bio on me and my work can be found on the Christies website or via the link below…

http://www.christies.com/sales/contemporary-silver-august-2013/british-silversmiths.aspx#slide-9

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Christies Auction House!

I am really pleased and excited to announce that I currently have a selection of some of my pieces for sale in Christies Auction House, London! The sale is hosting 61 of some of the best silversmiths from the CBS (The Contemporary British Silversmiths Society) and has an assortment of 186 pieces available for purchase ranging from £570.00 up to £48000.00 The sale is currently live and in a ‘Buy it now’ type format. All the work is truly amazing and must really be seen in the flesh. The work itself is displayed in Christies main exhibition hall at: 8 King Street London, SW1Y 6QT. It is well worth a trip to go and see, and in a beautiful part of London too, and open seven days a week.    
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The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Hi Everyone! As some of you may know my time on the Goldsmiths’ Centre Post Graduate Course has come to an end. It’s been a brilliant experience for me and I feel like I have learnt a lot along the way… and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at the Centre and further afield who have made the last year and a half an enjoyable and productive one… With special thanks to Dr. Stuart Devlin and his wife Carole and the Centre’s Director Peter Taylor!

From the beginning of this year I have also been busy setting up a new business with a colleague of mine named Rupert Todd. The business is called Wax-Masters and is essentially a bespoke CAD bureau, where we Rapid Prototype our client’s design ideas into 3D directly castable waxes. Alongside this we also offer a bespoke 3D modelling service (competent to take on any challenge), as well as CAD tuition in partnership with Simply Rhino UK.

I am also very pleased to announce that I will be continuing to work from the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London EC1M 5AD, as we have just moved into our new design Studio No.3.06. :)

For more information on Wax-Masters and its services please visit www.Wax-Masters.com .

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V&A Fit For Purpose Exhibition

Olympic Fruit Bowl

Fit For Purpose Exhibition Purpose: To Hold A Sprinters Fuel… For Every Nation A Jewel… My Piece was inspired by the exhibition title fit for purpose, with an Olympic theme in mind to celebrate the London 2012 games. The design plays with the meaning of the brief and the connotations of fitness associated with the Olympics. The purpose of the piece is to hold fruit. The steel running spikes provide protection for the more delicate gem stones found inside… and the bowl echo’s similarities with the natural world by protecting its precious contents like many fruits such as a lychee or pineapple. There are 205 spikes and stones: the exact number of nations taking part in London 2012. The citrine, white topaz and smokey quartz are selected to represent the gold, silver and bronze of the games. The piece will be on show from the 28/03/2012 till 28/09/2012… So if you’re in or around London do try and pop in and see it. There are obviously lots of other wonderful things to see because it’s the V&A!!! But to find my piece head for the Silver Gallery up on the 3rd floor, directly above the restaurant… Please let me know what you think!
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Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards

I would just like to say a big thank you to the Goldsmiths’
Company, the Goldsmiths’ Institute and the Packard family for my most recent
success at the Craftsmanship & Design Awards ceremony held on the 06/03/2012 at the Goldsmiths’ Hall (St. Pauls).

I was very fortunate to receive two Commendations this year:

1. For design
Innovation and Technology

2. For Silversmithing
Craftsmenship

On top of this I found myself winning the Gil Packard Prize ! A bursary given to a
student currently on or due to attend a postgraduate course/qualification, who
is showing exceptional promise in their chosen field.

I am obviously really happy with my achievements this year and
it is a real honour to be listed alongside so many other brilliant designers
and highly skilled makers!

Please See Link Of Award Winners:

http://www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk/12winners.html

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Goldsmiths’ Institute

Just a quick update for those of you who don’t already know:
On the 08/02/2012 I started as 1 of 6 on the new Postgraduate course at the new
17.5 million pound project that is the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

The building is absolutely fantastic, with all the mod-cons
and is located on Britton Street, just a minute’s walk from Farringdon station.

Contact:

The Goldsmiths’ Centre,
42 Britton Street,
Clerkenwell,
London

EC1M 5AD

Tel: 0207 566 7650

info@goldsmiths-centre.org

info@goldsmiths-institute.org

It would be really good if any of you are in the area to pop in
and have a look around and see some of the projects I’m working on… and maybe
even grab a coffee in the Centre’s coffee shop the ‘Bench’

I will keep you all posted on any news and up and coming
events and look forward to seeing you soon!

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