The Goldsmiths Company
Alistair McCallum produces bowls and containers using the Japanese metalworking technique of mokume gane. For over forty years he has developed and extended the technique to produce original work where the essential balance of pattern and form are in harmony.
Mokume Gane is a traditional Japanese metalworking technique and has been practised for some three hundred years. The name mokume gane, when translated into English, means woodgrain metal or eye of the wood metal, referring to the patterns normally produced in Japan. The technique requires a sandwich of different metals normally silver, copper and copper alloys to be joined together either by defusion bonding or by silver soldering. I currently use six layers of silver, copper and gilding metal, with a thick backing sheet of silver which have been hard silver soldered together. Once the billet has been soldered it is then forged and milled into a sheet ready to be patterned. The pattern can be produced in a variety of ways but all involve breaking through the top layer of metal into the ones below. The desired pattern having been produced, the sheet is then milled to produce a smooth patterned sheet of metal ready to be fashioned.
The Goldsmith’s Craft and Design Awards, Silver Award (3D Design Silversmithing)
Goldsmith’s Fair (week two) Best New Design Award.
The Elle Décor International Award, India. Table Top Section for a set of bowls designed for Ravissant, New Delhi, India.
Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmith’s.
Littledale Award, The Goldsmith’s Company.
New Craftsman Grant, Crafts Council
Royal College of Art Major Travel Award to visit Japan.
1972 Foundation Studies, Teeside College of Art 1975 BA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Loughborough College of Art 1978 MA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London
Victoria & Albert, Museum, London.
Crafts Council, London.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds.
North West Arts.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Shipley Art Gallery.
Brighton and Hove Museum.
Manchester City Galleries.
Museum of Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Small BowlQuick info
Pair of Mokume Gane beakersQuick info
Mokume Gane Bowl (4)Quick info
Mokume Gane BeakerQuick info
Mokume Gane Card CaseQuick info
Pair of Mokume Gane candle holdersQuick info
Mokume Gane Dish (1)Quick info