Common Bowl 2013 on show

This summer the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum has a jubilee exhibition commemorating its 135 years existence. For the exhibition 125 people from Trondheim and surroundings were asked to choose one object from the collection to be on show and to describe why they chose for this object. Jori Lønseth, member of the Museum’s board, chose the HammerClub Common Bowl 2013, supporting the choice as follows:
In 2013 I assisted as a volunteer and relatively new friend of the museum at a banquet for the HammerClub is a group of European silversmiths who come together every year in a different place to promote the silversmith’s trade as a creative activity. This year, they had chosen Trondheim and the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum. There was an exhibition that evening on the ground floor of the museum with wonderful examples of handmade silver, and in the middle of this array of vibrant silverware we laid the table for the silversmiths in attendance.
Seeing the items together with the craftsmen fell very vivid and right. As a rule, museums just put things on display, but on this occasion we got to meet the people who made them. This silver bowl was made during the HammerClub’s meeting and bears the marks of the hammer blows applied by each of the participating silversmiths. You can see their initials in various places on this bright, airy silver bowl. It was given the name Midsummer Night.

HammerClub in SilverMagazine

SilverMagazine issue July/August 2018 contains a 4 page article about the HammerClub, written by Janjaap Luijt. He describes the origin of the HammerClub and gives a short impression of this years meeting. Works of Micha Peteler (on the cover), Daphne Spiegel, Maja Houtman, Ludwig Menzel, Yuki Ferdinandsen and Achim Heinkel illustrate the article.
Copies of this number can be ordered at SilverMagazine.

Call for entries Schoonhoven Silver Award 2018

The Schoonhoven Silver Award is an initiative of the ‘Stichting Zilverkunst’ (Silver Art Foundation). Since its inception in 2001 the Award has had six winners. The Award’s most recent editions have been dedicated to promoting contemporary ‘great, silver art’ to a broader, art-minded audience, with the emphasis on innovative silver concepts. The Schoonhoven Silver Award 2018 continues to be devoted to the goal of reaching a wider audience and inspiring artists to test and explore the boundaries of their traditional art and craft. The Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven seeks to invite submissions that stimulate the exploration of new technologies and uses, and innovative art forms. The above could be pursued by:

  • Presenting today’s silversmiths with new artistic and technical challenges;
  • Fostering partnerships with silversmiths and other design disciplines, to inspire a new vision and perspective on the traditional techniques applied in silver art and craft;
  • Stimulating a knowledge search of silversmithing skills and competencies of bygone eras.

Selection and nomination

  • Participants are asked to submit a picture with a short description in English of the object before July 31, 2018;
  • Objects dating from January 2015 and later are considered eligible for submission. The object doesn’t have to be made exclusively for the Schoonhoven Silver Award;
  • From the submitted pictures and descriptions an international jury will select the nominations;
  • Only nominated objects will be asked to be submitted for the final judging;
  • The object must be available for the duration of the exhibition in Schoonhoven and the international traveling exhibition (October 2018-November 2019).

The complete regulations, additional information and application instructions can be found on the website of Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven (Dutch Silvermuseum Schoonhoven).