Frances Levis

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

7 Chineham Close
Fleet
Hampshire

Biography:

I use the traditional technique of hand-forging to create jewellery and small items of silverware. I take inspiration from the way the metal changes under the different blows of the hammer, which I use to my advantage when designing.



In some jewellery pieces, hammer marks are retained and highly polished in order to create a glittering effect. In others, the silver is forged into an S curve and the surface is satinised and freshwater pearls are added to create a feminine and sophisticated look.



In contrast, I want the items of silverware to be more finished so hammer marks are worked out to leave a smooth, stylish surface. I feel they are more appropriate as contemporary objects on the table where they enhance and inspire modern living.



Future ranges will include larger pieces of silverware using techniques such as raising and spinning. I will also be launching a new jewellery range in 2008 which will incorporate diamonds and black gold plating.

Specialist Techniques:

Forging

 

Hand Raising

Awards:

2007

Goldsmiths Fair Bursary and Free Stand



2003

Gold Prize, Goldsmiths Design Awards



2001

Goldsmiths Precious Metals Bursary

Education:

2002-03

Bishopsland Residency, Oxfordshire



1999-2002

BA (Hons) Kent Institute of Art and Design



1998-99

Foundation Surrey Institute of Art and Design

Public Collections:

- Chaplains Badge & Imperial Crown Pins, Worshipful Company of Drapers
- HRH Princess Michael of Kent, private collection

Publications:

2008

House and Garden Insider shopping "Ice Show" (November)



2007

Times2, The Times "A real silver lining" Luxury with Lucia



2003

Reading Weekend Post

 

Evening Standard

 

The Times

 

Financial Times



2002

Time Out Eating and Drinking Guide


  • Frances Levis

    15 Drop Choker and Pearls

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    Curvy Necklace and Bracelet with Pearls

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    Necklace and Matching Bracelet with Small Pearls

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    Double Drop Earrings

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    Forged Bangle

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    Forged Necklace and Bracelet

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    Five Piece Cutlery Set

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    Pickle Fork

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    Olive Spoon

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    Fine Silver & Gold Butter Dish and Knife

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    Silver Ladle

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    Fine Silver Sugar Bowl and Sifter

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    Mustard Pot and Spoon

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    Espresso Spoons

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    Pendant with Two Diamonds

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    Necklace and Bracelet with Labradorite Beads

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    Single Drop Earrings and Pearls

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