Ground Hope – Jan van Nouhuys

As soon as the museum reopens from the Covid-19 lockdown until September 2021, silversmith Jan van Nouhuys will exhibit in Het Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven with Ground Hope. Jan takes the visitor on the way to a point of light on the horizon. At the same time the new book Silver Art – Jan van Nouhuys, Founder of Dutch Contemporary Silver Art will be presented, describing 40 years of the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys.
In this exhibition, the visitor experiences a journey to a sunnier world, accompanied by inspiring, funny and special silver objects such as Goede Morgen Overkant, Briesje and Au Claire de la Lune.

Silver in Motion and exhibition master class participants
Jan van Nouhuys worked as a silversmith for over forty years. At a time when silver had fallen out of fashion as a tool, he consciously chose to make large art objects and eventually found a market for it. Jan van Nouhuys also taught his vision on modern silver at the Vocational School in Schoonhoven. Jan founded the foundation “Silver in Movement” in 1991 to give the profession new impetus, to put silver on the map as an art form and to inspire others. Jan coached silversmiths in his international masterclasses to develop and realize new concepts. These masterclasses formed a development place for up-and-coming talents and experienced silversmiths. Fourteen of them are exhibiting their work in the Silver Museum in addition to Jan: Tamara van Kekerix, Guido Schram, Mark Alexander, Dyon Seelen, Niels de Vos, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Kaj Bras, Bas Jansen, Sybren Van Wesemael, Patrick Davison, Megan Falconer, Loucinda Nims, Yonatan Avishaul and Leandra Förster.

The exhibition coincides with the presentation of the bilingual book Jan van Nouhuys – silver art – founder of Dutch contemporary silver art. Journalist and art critic Marc Couwenbergh describes the life and work of Jan van Nouhuys. The book is a wonderful introduction to a visit to the museum and offers depth to the visitor who is inspired by the exhibition. The book is available at Publisher Pictures Publishers Woudrichem and also for sale at the Silver Museum. The publication is in Dutch and English, Price € 29,95. Click here to order the book.

Ground Hope
05.06.2021 – 19.09.2021 : Nederlands Zilvermuseum, Schoonhoven (NL)

Silver for everyone

The Stedelijk Museum Zutphen is exhibiting Hollandia silver from Zutphen in combination with contemporary silver. The latter is to emphasize how special it is that an age-old craft has stood the test of time with flying colors and is alive and kicking.

Silver for everyone is an exhibition that invites everyone to enjoy the dazzling beauty of old and new silver. 21 contemporary silversmiths from all over the Netherlands display objects in a wide range of shapes and styles. Their work is rooted in an age-old traditional craftsmanship, but innovation and experimentation in materials and technology make their work extremely topical “of today”. On request they drew inspiration from the Zutphens Hollandia silver, which was made between 1917 and 1950 in the Hollandia Silversmederij at Hagepoortplein.

The history of this successful company is told through photographs and film images, archive material, tools and a variety of silver objects from Hollandia’s extensive catalog. It offered customers a choice from an enormously varied range of objects in “Old Dutch” style, from cocktail forks, ashtray, bonbon dishes and bread baskets to a complete coffee and tea set.

Work of the following silversmiths is included in the exhibition: Mark Alexander, Pauline Barendse, Marcel Blok, Kaj Bras, Harm Bron, Daan Brouwer, Maja Houtman, Bas Jansen, Tamara van Kekerix, Jan Matthesius, Jan van Nouhuys, Willem Noyons, Liv-Maritt Prins van Wijngaarden, Maarten Rollfs of Roelofs, Guido Schram, Teun Schraven, Gabri Schumacher, Eelco Veenman, Niels de Vos, Paul de Vries and Malu de Wit.

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Zilver voor iedereen / Silver for everyone
05.06.2021 – 27.06.2021 : Stedelijk Museum Zutphen, Zutphen (NL)

tanzil fidda – Jüdisches Metallhandwerk in Damaskus

HammerClub received an announcement of Klaus-Dieter Eichler, in which he offers the book tanzil fidda – Jewish Metal-craft in Damascus. This catalogue was published in conjunction with a exhibition in the Jüdischen Museum Fürth, the Museum für Frühislamische Kunst Bamberg and the Synagoge of Ermreuth in 1995. The book describes the art of inlaying (silver or copper in bras, or copper in silver) and is based on research performed in 1992 in Damascus.
The Pagma Verlag has taken over the rests of the stock and offers the book for € 5 (+ shipping).

Ioni Laibarös, Gilla Wöllmer & Klaus-Dieter Eichler, tanzil fidda – Jüdisches Metallhandwerk in Damaskus (1995), 15 x 21 cm, 36 pages, 18 illustrations, b/w.

Order at Pagma Verlag.

Richard Fox Silver in the Fast Lane

Contemporary British Silversmiths were immensely proud to hold an exclusive interview with founder member of Contemporary British Silversmiths and former Chair, Richard Fox during London Craft Week.
Richard is one of the UK’s leading silversmiths and Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in 2020, one of the most prestigious positions in the precious metals industry, as well as being an active member of Contemporary British Silversmiths, serving as Chair from 1999 to 2002.
As managing director of Fox Silver, he has created work for a huge variety of corporate, public sector, private and motorsports clients, including Downing Street, Lambeth Palace, Bulgari, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Pernod Ricard and F1, to name a very select few.
In this up close and personal interview, silversmith and former Chair of Contemporary British Silversmiths, Angela Cork talks to him about his career from graduating from the Royal College of Art, to establishing his business and how he helped to found Contemporary British Silversmiths in 1995.

Masterclass embossing techniques

Studio DIVA in Antwerp (B) is giving a masterclass embossing techniques wit Patrick Storme. Embossing is a technique used to shape precious metal and apply decoration. Rather than striking the metal with a hammer, the silversmith uses a punch to refine the form of the article and add subtle detail, ornamentation or figures. If you are a professional silver or goldsmith, jewellery designer or student with a good grounding, sign up for our masterclass by September 27th and draw inspiration from master silversmith Patrick Storme. The spoken language of the masterclass is Dutch.

Practical information
The masterclass will take place at Studio DIVA from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm; Saturday 31 October – Wednesday 4 November. The number of participants is limited to 6. Applying is possible until 28 September.
Cost of the workshop: € 550 (incl. lunch and entry to the museum; excl. VAT).

For all further enquiries please visit the DIVA website or email:

Crafted Art & Design

The first exhibition of Passì Gallery in Schoonhoven (NL) on its new location will take place during the last weekend of October. Objects made by Mark Alexander, Jorinda Bruggeman, Paul Derrez, Pauline Barendse & Jan Matthesius, Hitomi Hashimoto, André van Loon, Eeelco Veenman, Carsten From Andersen, Yuki Ferdinandsen and Paul de Vries will be on show.

Crafted Art & Design
23.10.2020 – 25.10.2020 : Passì Gallery, Schonhoven (NL)

Sweet September – Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins in New Mexico is considered one of the best enamelists in the United States. She continues to amaze viewers with her superb forms, brilliant colors and stylistic surprises which include stitched seams, gemstones and unusual textures. With great technical skills, Perkins raises the silver or copper forms which then serve as a canvas (inside and out) for the extraordinary painterly surfaces she creates.

Perkins’ vessels and containers are intimate treasures that are decorative, expressive works which are both beautiful and emotive. Nature and culture often inform her designs. Recently named the 2019 Master Metalsmith, Perkins was honored with an exhibition of her work at the Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee, October 2019 thru March 2020.

Visit the online exhibition at Mobilia Gallery

London Craft Week

London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity. This year the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

Events with silversmithing during the event are:

For further information please visit the London Craft Week website.

Isabelle Enders 9th Hanau City Goldsmith

Every two years the City of Hanau appoints a City Goldsmith, who spends a number of weeks working in Hanau at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie and holding a workshop for the students there. In August the jury chose Isabelle Enders(* Nuremberg 1979) to be the City Goldsmith for 2021.
A silversmith by training, Isabelle Enders is committed to functional ware. She has a particular predilection for pepper and salt grinders: classic everyday utensils that are still mandatory features on the table or in the kitchen today. The artist impressively shows us that this ubiquitously familiar equipment can be transformed into a whole array of art objects that function.

Further information: