Sheffield silversmiths get showcase at Goldsmiths

Silver work by Zoe Watts
Silver work by Zoe Watts
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THE work of Sheffield silversmiths will take centre stage at a prestigious national exhibition in London starting today.

The 30th anniversary exhibition of the Goldsmiths Fair will feature work by five city artists.

The annual event, at Goldsmiths Hall displays innovative jewellery and silver by respected and established designers, as well as emerging young talent from across the UK.

Artists representing Sheffield this year include Rebecca Joselyn, whose work is inspired by hectic lifestyles of throwaway and convenience.

It is the fourth year Rebecca, aged 29, has exhibited her work at the fair.

She said: “I like the play of taking something that’s a precious metal and creating something you would normally take for granted.”

Also exhibiting is Brett Payne.

It is his 20th appearance at the exhibition:

He said: “When I first started, I was probably the only one from Sheffield there.

“Over 20 years it has reflected the changes in the industry.

“I most enjoy meeting the public. As a designer and maker it gives you the opportunity to talk directly to potential wearers or consumers of your work and so you get good critical feedback.”

Zoe Watts, aged 26, is looking forward to her second appearance.

She said: “It’s a great experience and I am really privileged to be involved because it’s very competitive.”

Ryan McClean, aged 30, specialises in hand-crafted silverware and tableware.

Christopher Perry will be presenting pieces which combine other materials with silver.

The show closes October 7.