Don Porritt

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

The vibrancy of rivers, rapids, cascades and the fluidity of water in its many moods are the collective inspiration for these experimental pieces of modern domestic silverwork. Flasks, flagons, jugs, bowls and other vessels are created by a combination of innovative piercing, seaming and overlap techniques which impart a flowing, dynamic quality to each piece. The surface detailing and texture of the finished designs evolve in a natural manner directly from their process of construction. This essentially sculptural approach – the shaping of a tactile entity by the manipulation of light, form, plane and texture – is balanced by a regard for practicality and ultimately these factors are fused into one piece of distinctive and functional silverwork.

Specialist Techniques:

Hand raising, seam and overlap techniques (see curvilinear jugs), deep pattern etching, hand hammer texturing and hand finishing.

Awards:

1973
Goldsmiths' Travelling Fellowship (Poland, USSR, Finland, Sweden & Norway)

1964
Cutlery & Holloware, North of England Design Competition, Sheffield Design Council, 2nd Prize

1963
RSA Industrial Art Design Bursary
RSA Copper Development Association Bursary

Education:

Apprentice Jeweller, Silversmith & Diamond Mounter 1959 City & Guilds of London Institute Bronze Medal in Diamond Mounting 1959-63 NDD Industrial Design & Intermediate Certificate in Silversmithing, Leeds College of Art 1971 Elected to Membership of CSD Category A7 Silver Plate & Cutlery 1996 Elected Membership of the Association of British Designer Silversmiths ( ABDS )

Public Collections:

Don Porritt's domestic silverware is in many private collections throughout the UK. Examples of his ecclesiastical silver can be seen in many churches and cathedrals in the North of England.

Publications:

Examples of design work have been included in the following publications:- Modern Design in Metal, Richard Stewart, John Murray, London Buyer’s Guide to Contemporary British Metal, Craft Council Silversmithing, A Manual of Design & Techniques, Keith Smith, The Crowood Press British Silver, A ##Sterling# Adventure, exhibition catalogue Design in Fine Metal, retrospective exhibition catalogue Magazine Articles 1997 Autosport, Formula Ford, World Finals Trophy 1996 BAFTA Awards, Lloyds Bank BAFTA Awards 1993 AXA Equity & Law League Trophy, Cricket Review


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    Curvilinear Teapot and Related Jug and Bowl

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    Rectangular Box

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    Jug Forms

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    Bowl (3)

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    Textured Flagon

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    Curvilinear flagon

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    Bowl

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    Platter/Bowl Form

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    Curvilinear Jugs

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    Bowl (2)

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    Centrepiece - Oblique Stand

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    Curvilinear Teapot with Related Jug and Bowl

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