BJA 125 Anniversary: Design and Manufacture of a Commemorative Silver Desk Accessory
This annual competition organised by The British Jewellers' Association and sponsored by The Jewellery Show at Spring Fair International and Cookson Precious Metals Ltd rewards British firms and individual designer makers producing cutting-edge designs to the highest standards. This year the award is for original, innovative and eye-catching design/s in silver to mark the BJAs 125th anniversary within the Associations Silver Collection.
Lavish, opulent, elegant, all words which describe the art deco movement...all words which should describe a handmade silver desk ornament. This design for a pen and business card holder brings together the linear symmetry of Art Deco architecture and traditional hand techniques of silversmithing. Structured designs are hand pierced into the metal which is formed into the stylish desk set combining 100 years of style and bench techniques.
Materials used: Britania silver
Three makers were chosen following an open call competition in which designs were put forward each chosen design plays on the makers own individual skill from hand-pierced detailing to strong graphic details and fine hand-crocheted work.
One of the three makers commissioned to make new work was Birmingham School of Jewellery Alumni Alex Clamp.
In designing a range of jewellery for the Treasures of Heaven exhibition she took inspiration from church architecture and religious articles. Working with silver these delicate hand crafted pieces are complimented by precious stone accents.
The limited edition jewellery pieces by Alex Clamp, Joanne Daly and Rina Tairo will be on sale in the Grenville Room gift shop at the British Museum in a Crafts Council designated display unit.