How to Build a Goldsmith

09 May 2018 - 03 Jul 2018 · Wed – Fri, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Free admission
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As part of London Craft Week, delve into the inner workings of craftsmanship and discover the skills and people behind the UK’s most exquisite jewellery and contemporary silverware.

What skills and attributes does a goldsmith need? Many years are spent in training and practice to develop as an adept and successful craftsperson. This exhibition explores how goldsmiths acquire, hone and perfect their craft, and asks what qualities define an exceptional goldsmith.

Evidenced through works from the Crafts Council Collection, it traces the personal growth, specialised knowledge and technical skills of the following renowned names:

  • Jo Hayes Ward
  • Ute Decker
  • Hans Stofer
  • David Watkins
  • Jessica Turrell
  • David Clarke
  • Laura Potter
  • Michael Rowe
  • Lina Peterson
  • William Phipps
  • Simone ten Hompel
  • Zoe Arnold

Part of London Craft Week (9 - 13 May 2018)

Image credit: Jo Hayes-Ward, Pattern4 Concave Brooch, J302, Jo Hayes Ward, 2011. Todd-White Art Photography, courtesy of the Crafts Council.

Want to attend more events as part of London Craft Week?

How to Build a Goldsmith: Have-A-Go Workshops

Wed 9 May, Thu 10 May and Fri 11 May 2018
1pm – 2pm, £2

Would you like to experiment with jewellery techniques and tools? Join one of our ‘have-a-go’ workshops, which take place immediately after your guided tour. 

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How to Build a Goldsmith: Behind the Scenes Guided Tours

Wed 9 May or Fri 11 May 2018
12pm – 1pm, £5

Would you like to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse and meet more resident craftspeople? Our Behind-the-Scenes guided tours will give you an insight into the inner workings of craftsmanship.

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How to Build a Goldsmith: Behind the Scenes at Digits2Widgets Studio

Thu 10 May 2018
6pm - 8pm, £5
Join others for a special guided tour led by Design Director, Jonathan Rowley, and his team of the 3D printing and design studio D2W (Digits2Widget) in Camden.

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Creative Links: Commissioning a Bespoke Piece of Jewellery hosted by E.C.One's Jos Skeates

Wed 9 May 2018
6:00PM - 8:00PM, £10 (includes a drink)

Have you ever wondered how to commission an eye-catching piece of hand-crafted jewellery? Join Jos Skeates, founder of independent retailer E.C.One and a goldsmith with over 20 years’ experience, to discover the benefits of commissioning your own unique pieces of jewellery from independent designer makers.

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How to Build a Goldsmith: Decimus Selling Showcase

Wed 9 - Fri 11 May 2018
12:00PM - 6:00PM, Free admission

The Decimus collective of 10 award-winning designer makers showcase the most exquisite fine jewellery at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Be inspired by the making stories behind every piece of jewellery and purchase from the some of the UK’s most promising creative talent.

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