Author: Brett Payne

Contemporary British Silversmith

Art & Industry


We’re returning to Hamburg this week to take part for a second time in the annual Art Fair at the Museum for Art & Industry. Traditional Christmas Markets will be opening up in the streets as the city switches on its festive cheer and we look forward to greeting the lively and engaged international visitors that this long-established Fair attracts every year.

Strutt your stuff


One of the questions we are most frequently asked when we demonstrate our XY Candlesticks at a show is, “Do they come with instructions?”

The truth is, the XYs have natural poise, natural rhythm and love to dance. Like all perfect dance partners, whatever arrangements you choose for them they will always compliment one another beautifully.

Making Your Own Tools

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Medieval Silversmiths in their Workshop, Niklaus Manuel, 1515

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.

Portrait of a Workshop

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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.