Earlier this year I created a new collection, The Triplets, and I thought I would share how they came about.
The Continuous Collection is the first work I made after graduating. While I am happy with the jug element I have never been happy with the bowl and spoon – which I only made out of an unnecessary feeling of obligation to create a “full set” – and have always wanted to develop the design into something I was completely happy with.
The original set were each created using a single sheet of silver, so rather than the jug having a body which was made then soldered to a base, it was constructed using one single continuous template for the entire form.
Back then my ideas outweighed my skill level and while I thought it would be fairly straightforward to do, it wasn’t. However, I did learn a lot about silver during the making process, and my abilities. I’m pleased to say these have improved considerably since then. I should probably try to remake that jug exactly like the first one just to test how much progress I have made, that would be an interesting little exercise!
The new collection – The Triplets (yes I am quite bad at naming my work) – were brewing away in my head for a while but I had to wait until earlier this year for them to come to fruition. A priority was pouring well, like the original jug; I love a pleasing form but a good looking design means nothing if it doesn’t do its intended function well.
I also like my pieces to feel good in the hand, so these are a nice weight. I tend to matt or satin finish my work as this is more inviting to people to touch, no one wants to touch highly polished silver for fear of getting finger prints on it whereas I’ve noticed at shows people have no qualms about picking these up - and that is exactly what I want, people happy to handle them. Silver should be handled and used, not just admired.
I kept coming back to the idea of repetition and interaction, a little collection of jugs with the same body but their own individually shaped spouts, giving them each their own personality. And after various different sketched versions the designs eventually evolved into the triplets.
The new jugs made their debut at Craft in Focus, RHS Wisely in May this year, and will shortly be on show at the Goldsmith Centre as part of Shine 2019 if you would like to see them up close. You will also get the chance to handle these, along with work by the other participants, at a Meet the Maker event on 24th September at the Goldsmiths Centre, more details are here