Over the next 4 months we will be exhibiting in Salisbury, London, Sevenoaks, Crowthorne, Edinburgh, Winchester and Hamburg. And BREATHE… Faced with such a busy calendar, preparation is key and in our workshop we have a tried-and-tested checklist of 4 basic but crucial things to do in the run-up to a show.
A craftsman would be nothing without his tools. Ask any maker and whatever material they work in, whether it’s wood, ceramics or textiles, they will tell you that they have a favourite tool. It goes without saying that different tools are suited to different techniques: in our case, a forging hammer is very different from a planishing hammer, for example. Sometimes, the only way to get a tool that fulfils a specific requirement is to make it yourself. We have been designing a lot of vases and carafes this year and, as a result, we have been making our own raising and planishing stakes, which we use to raise the shape of each vessel in britannia silver. The stakes themselves are made from steel; hammered, filed and ground into the desired shape.
Over a trillion photographs will have been taken worldwide before the end of this year. It’s never been easier to show others where you are and what you’re doing at any given moment of the day. The trick, it seems, is to remember to take the picture in the first place! All too often we get caught up in what we’re doing in the workshop and only once a task is completed does it occur to us that it might have made an interesting video or photo.
Over the last few weeks, photographer Ben Boswell and filmmaker Mathy Selvakumaran have photographed and filmed us on two separate ordinary days in the workshop. The resulting photographs (below) and short film (above) capture the day-to-day detail of our workshop – the things and the faces that aren’t usually the focus of our posts.
Silver, like good food, is all about indulgence. It gratifies, it satisfies and quality is key.
Choosing to cook in a silver pan is not a choice made out of neccessity – it’s an act of love. If you love your food and take the time to source the tastiest ingredients you can get your hands on, why not do them justice with a silver pan?
There are only 3 days left to go before the start of this year’s Craft In Focus show at RHS Garden Wisley!