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Fresh Forms - Lesley Craze Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN ASSOCIATION with British Silver Week, Coutts Jewellery Week and The London Architectural Festival, Lesley Craze Gallery is presenting Fresh Forms, an exhibition of contemporary silverware and silver jewellery – from June 10 to July 19, 2008.

The exhibition will feature work by eleven leading British makers all working at the cutting edge of design practice. They are Shimara Carlow, Alan Craxford, Ane Christenson, Angela Cork, Jenny Deans, Daphne Krinos, Esther Lord, Grant McCraig, Don Porrit, Martyn Pugh and Mary Ann Simmons.

Shimara Carlow graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2001, before completing a residency at the Bishopsland Workshops in South Oxfordshire. Her silversmithing range is based on pod vessels which she hand raises using fine silver and 24ct gold.

Alan Craxford is well known for his hand engraved jewellery. Working on a larger scale, he has developed his signature Mandala pieces into new groups of Celestial Spinning Bowls. Finely balanced, these richly enamelled pieces can be gently turned on their stone bases.

Ane Christensen graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1999. Each work is created from a single piece of silver; no elements are either added or removed. Her latest silverware explores negative space, deconstruction and optical illusion.

Angela Cork graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2002. Her pieces are complex structured arrangements concerned with the space both within and surrounding the object. Inspiration is found in architectural forms as well as Japanese and formal gardens.

Esther Lord graduated from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design with an MA in 2006. Her current collection of hand-crafted vessels explores containment and volume, light and surface pattern. Her intention is to create intriguing and complex forms that can engage on an artistic level whilst still being functional.

Grant McCaig established a studio in Edinburgh in 1998 after studying at Glasgow School of Art. His lively domestic hollowware is inspired by a love of making combined with an interest in simple solutions to the design of everyday objects.

Don Porritt creates distinctive and functional silverwork using a sculptural approach. The vibrancy of rivers, rapids, cascades and the fluidity of water in its many moods are the collective inspiration for these modern domestic pieces.

Martyn Pugh’s work is rooted in the purity of natural form and the geometry of engineering and architecture. He enjoys the manipulation of silver, using its malleability to produce flowing shapes and its reflective quality to emphasise line.

Mary Ann Simmons graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2000. She designs and makes objects that explore the link between silver as a decorative material and the personal, ornamental and commemorative object.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday – 10am to 5:30pm and until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Lesley Craze Gallery, 33 – 35a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU.

Telephone: 020 7608 0393.

British Silver Week runs from June 10 to June 16, 2008 when events and exhibitions will be held across the UK aimed at people who love beautiful statement silverware, and for those who aspire to be collectors.

Coutts Jewellery Week runs from June 11 to June 15, 2008, when London’s jewellery industry will unite for the first time to celebrate the excellence of creative design in the capital. The event will offer a journey of discovery, from emerging talent to behind the scenes glimpses of some of the world’s finest jewellery designers; incorporating catwalk shows, exhibitions, seminars and open houses.

The London Festival of Architecture runs from June 20 to July 20, 2008, and is a celebration and exploration of the city’s buildings, streets and spaces – with over 600 exhibitions, lectures, public space installations, guided walks, bicycle rides, boat tours, parties, design workshops and debates.