As well as promoting the traditional origins of handmaking craft skills, this lavish book explains the latest techniques and opportunities that exist for today's designer silversmith. It emphasizes the importance of acquiring fundamental skills as a basis to creating stunning and invative designs, and illustrates this with fabulous case studies from leading silversmiths. Written by two experienced designer craftsmen, this book takes a fresh and exciting approach by converting craft theory into visual language that informs, educates and inspires you to try a new technique, extend your skills and develop your own personal direction.
Brian Hill and Andrew Putland are both established figures in silversmithing, and bring together their skills, experience and enthusiasm in this book. Brian taught silversmithing at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester for forty years. Always maintaining strong links with the industry, he now works as a consultant secretary to the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council, as well as serving on the Craft & Industry Committee at the recently opened Goldsmiths' Centre. After studying at Rochester, Andrew went into a silversmithing partnership, setting up Padgham and Putland over thirty years ago. Much of their work is represented in this book, including the fine pair of chandeliers that feature and adorn the Bulgari Hotel in London.