If you’re looking to learn a load of new skills and level up your metalsmithing game (or you know someone who is), you might be interested in my new offer of One-to-One workshop training, either online (so you can work in your own space wherever that may be in the world) or in person in my workshop in North Wales (with added beautiful landscape, homemade soup, tea and biscuits). Vouchers are available for full or partial payment, please reply to this email or call me on +44 7789402481 if you’d like a chat about it.
Are you a jewellery designer or silversmith and want to gain experience in the DIVA Atelier in 2024? A residency at DIVA is a chance to grow as a maker and to reflect on your work and creatively explore new ideas.Those participating in DIVA’s artists-in-residence programme will reap the benefits of time for research, the space and tool required for experimentation as well as support in their specific field. It is also an opportunity to benefit from access to the museum’s excellent specialist library and to become better acquainted with the rich and diverse museum collection. More information. For a residency in 2024, the museum expects your application before February 18, 2024.
You will find additional information and a registration form on the website of DIVA.
Artist and Goldsmith Joy Bonfield-Colombara – Joy BC – was interviewed for London Craft Week. Joy’s work challenges pre-existing notions of precious materials, and ingrained societal ideals of western female bodies in sculpture. She enjoys playing with mythologies and re-examines the fascination with the ‘Classical’.
2.10.2023 – 21.04.2024 Museum Zons, Schloßstraße 1, 41541 Dormagen-Zons (D)
Wo hört der Nutzen auf, und wo beginnt das Spiel jenseits der Funktion? Es ist längst nichts Neues mehr, dass einige Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der zeitgenössischen Silber- und Goldschmiedekunst den klassischen Kanon ihrer eigenen Disziplin, ihrer historischen Wurzeln und Traditionen hinterfragen. Da entstehen wilde Dinge, die gold- und silberschmiedische Tabus verletzen, die von Ungehorsam, von Regelverletzung zeugen. »Da geraten goldene Regeln ins Wanken, ästhetische Normen werden diskutiert oder persifliert. Das Gerät, der Schmuck, das Objekt verwandeln sich in Paraphrasen ihrer jeweiligen Materie«, erläutert Kuratorin Ellen Maurer Zilioli. Gesellschaftliche, kulturelle, politische Kritik begleiten diese Tendenzen.
Die Schau zeigt Schmuck, Gerät und Objekte, die übliche Sichtweisen in Frage stellen. Beteiligt sind insgesamt 28 Künstlerinnen und Künstler, darunter Karen Pontoppidan und David Clarke, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Beatrice Brovia oder Nicolas Cheng.
Sie alle bewegen sich in einem Zwischenraum, der kulturelle Verkoppelungen erlaubt. Ihre Objekte, ihre Formfindungen lassen sich auf diesem feinen Grat ansiedeln, wo Definitionen und herkömmliche Vorstellungen das Fundament eines höchst intelligenten und vielschichtigen Nachdenkens zum Gerät, Gefäß und zum Schmuck überhaupt bilden, aber gleichzeitig immer verlassen oder modifiziert werden.
Beteiligte Künstler und Künstlerinnen:
Tobias Alm, Sawa Aso, Astrid Becksteiner-Rasche, Naama Bergman, Tobias Birgersson, Betrice Brovia/Nicolas Cheng, David Clarke, Kanako Ebisawa, Ute Eitzenhöfer, Åsa Elmstam, Anne Fischer, Karolina Hägg, Nils Hint, Katerina Jirsowa, Anders Ljungberg, Katerina Michalkova, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Eija Mustonen, Markus Pollinger, Karen Pontoppidan, Anna Rikkinen, Hans Stofer, Vivi Touloumidi, Tarja Tuupanen, Luzia Vogt, Stella Wanisch, Jing Yang
Bei der Ausstellung erschient ein Ausstellungskatalog.
06.10.2023 – 11.02.2024 Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim
Picard Gmbh in Wuppertal, Germany, is one of the largest hammer manufacturers. They have years of experience and set high standards for their steel and surface treatments. They are therefore very skilled in making hammers, but they often fall short in their names. Apparently they use Google Translate or something similar to translate the names. The results are terrible and often misleading. I asked a German acquaintance to talk to Picard, but he couldn’t find anyone in the company to talk to or who would take the problem seriously.
If you look on ebay, you will see resellers all over the world quoting Picard descriptions. Here I give you two examples.
First a hammer advertised as a polishing hammer (New Picard 2 headed polishing hammer 017001-0375). This does not make sense.
The second example is called a chasing hammer (NO!). The latter is perhaps for raising (it will stretch the silver / not great), but I’d say bouging.
The problem is in the whole range of hammers. If a new student tries to find a chasing hammer and buys it, he will lose a lot of money and will waste a lot of time in his work. As a silversmith I only looked at the hammers I use myself. So I don’t know if this problem also occurs with other professions or with other types of tools. What I do know is that Picard misleads silversmith students and beginners through incorrect naming. After all, resellers of their products copy and paste Picard’s original description into their catalog or website. Picard also makes a ‘grooving’ hammer. I think I would call this a collet hammer.
An English company I spoke to saw the problem and expressed the intention to help. But in the end nothing happened, I think because they thought it was too big and too time consuming to solve. That is why I call on Picard and others to use corrective names. The best and inarguable sources of correct information are old text books (eg Finegold and Seitz) and not just opinions like mine. If we do so, we prevent that in a few years there will be no one old enough to know better and the trade in tools will be damaged by incorrect misleading information.
And is it wrong if you don’t know the name of your tools? I have been using very large scissors for 40 years, but I never knew their name. Recently I found their name in a 100 year old metalworking textbook. They are called Scotch Shears. I just shared this information directly on Instagram (@adrian.hope, 10/7/22)
I think it is an almost insoluble problem. The only answer I can see is a large poster / picture illustrating (to be displayed in every studio??) all the hammers we use 2 or 3 views of each hammer to show exact differences and weights. Their names in German, English, etc. There will be some with more than one name and some with more than one use.
It would probably be best to find a group of (elderly) smiths to sit around a table and hammer it out (sorry small British joke).
The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop aims to secure a thriving future for one of the Scotland’s great and most ancient traditions. The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust is establishing The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop as a national centre where up to five silversmiths at a time can design and create stunning pieces from precious metals.
Thanks to a generous bequest it is being fully equipped with the entire collection of tools, machinery and books built up by celebrated Scottish master silversmith Graham Stewart, of Dunblane, who died in 2020.
On March 25th there will be the grand opening and a series of talks, demonstrations and discussion. One of the key themes of the day is community, and the event will provide a rare occasion for silversmiths to gather together during the weekend of March 24th – 26th.
For the Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop the trust is also developing a funded and self-funded residency programme for 1 week – 1 month residencies with beautiful accommodation included. We will keep you informed.
Neuanfertigung und Restaurierung von anspruchsvollen Projekten.
Kontaktaufnahme per Telefon/Email:
New construction and restoration of upscale projects.
Contact by phone/email:
Micha Peteler – Schmiedeatelier Köln
Vor den Siebenburgen 33
+49 221 2042447 / +49 179 1000587