Chris Knight

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I design each object through an exploration of its essence; its basic function and a consideration of its preconceptions. I deconstruct the physical and functional elements and rebuild the object with a question in mind. I hope to move the user into reassessing a common, familiar object or ritual. Within a one-off commission, a limited edition or a design for mass production, lies a passion for exploring the material and a desire to develop silver design forward. This results in expressive tableware for modern tastes, with a subtlety of detail and a poetry of form. The beauty and craftsmanship represented by each object should be taken for granted. But the idea of question is of utmost importance. Each item is designed to express itself; a vessel will express containment, a spout will be exulted for the way it pours, a handle will ask how to be held. Each function evokes thought by demanding a greater sense than that of bland convenience. I diversify the application of my ideas through public art and architectural features in which I strive for an honesty to material, manufacture and function whilst creating an aesthetic which is appropriate to the statement, building and its neighbours.

Specialist Techniques:

Design. Spinning, forging, raising, fabrication and press-forming.

Awards:

2010 Museums Sheffield National Metalwork Award: 'Lest We Forget' Chalice Fellow of Royal Society of Arts The Academy of Urbanism Great Place Award: Sheaf Square - Si Applied. 2008 Marsh Award for Public Sculpture - Si Applied Civic Trust Award: Cutting Edge & Sheaf Square - Si Applied CABE Street Award: Sheaf Square - Si Applied National RTPI Award: Sheaf Square - Si Applied 2007 Landscape Institute Awards: Cutting Edge & Sheaf Square - Si Applied RIBA White Rose Award: Sheaf Square as part of The Gold Route - Si Applied Regeneration & Renewal Award: Sheaf Square & Cutting Edge - Si Applied 2006 Leeds Architectural Award; Sheaf Tree, Brewery Wharf, Leeds 2005 Shortlisted; Jerwood Applied Arts Prize; Metal. 1996 Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Individual Artists Award 1995 Membership of the Crafts Council Selected Index 1993 New Exhibitors Prize, Chelsea Crafts Fair, Crafts Council London Arts Board Grant, Individual Artists Award The Crafts Council 'Setting Up' Award 1992 The Bakri Yehia Memorial Prize, Royal College of Art 1987 Sheffield Assay Office Prize

Education:

1984-87 BA (Hons), 3D Design, specialising in Silversmithing & Jewellery, Sheffield City Polytechnic 1990-92 MA Goldsmithing & Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London

Public Collections:

2007 St Leger Stakes Trophy. Collaboration with Sarah Denny and Owen Waterhouse Tea Set Castle Museum Sheffield. 2006 Candelabra Museums Sheffield. Coffee Set Aberdeen Art Gallery Mistress Cutlers Mace, Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. Collaboration with Owen Waterhouse. 2005 Communion Set, St Mary Church NY, USA. Collaboration with Maria Hanson. 2004 'The Birds Around Here..' Public Artwork Holland, Barnsley. Tea Set Crafts Council Collection. 'Sheaf Tree' Sculpture, Leeds. 2003 Public Art work, Baltic Quays, Gateshead. 2002 Candelabra, The Shipley Collection, Gateshead, England 'Field of Silver' Birmingham City Museum 2001 Processional Cross, St Augustine Church, New York, USA Desire, Steel Sculpture, Blackpool South Shore, England Sheffield Assay Office, Millennium Punch Bowl, England (Knight, Brogden, Payne & Tyssen) 2000 Tequila Shots, Contemporary Art Society, Sheffield Museums & Galleries, England Soup Tureen, Contemporary Art Society, Birmingham City Museum, England 1999 Tequila Shots, Contemporary Art Society, Birmingham City Museum, England Processional Cross & Communion Cups, St Mary's Church, New York, USA 1998 Silver Candelabra, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England 1997 The Sheffield Millennium Canteen, Sheffield Museums & Galleries, England Musee des Art Decoratifs, Louvre, France Made in Metal Heaven, Sheffield Public Arts Commission, England Silver Fish Slice, Professor Seymour Rabinovitch 1995 Two Light Candelabra, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England 1993 Waterpitcher, The P&O Makower Silver Trust/Crafts Council Collection, London, England

Publications:

Innovation and Design, Silver from Goldsmiths' Hall 1900-2001, Museet Pa Koldinghus, Denmark, 2002 Treasures of the Twentieth Century, Rosemary Ransome Wallis, The Goldsmiths' Company, London, 2000 Contemporary Silver, Benton Seymour Rabinovitch and Helen Clifford, London, 2000 Masterworks: 1900-2000, Christies New York, 2000 Silversmithing, A Manual of Design & Techniques, Keith Smith, 2000 Metalmorphosis. Tradition and Innovation in British Silver and Metalwork 1880-1998, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, 1998


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