Hiroshi Suzuki

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

C/O Clare Beck
Kathleen Slater
Adrian Sassoon
14 Rutland Gate
London

Biography:

Decorative vessels in silver created on a one-off basis and art craft orientated, have become the major output of my work since I came to Britain. With my deep interest in fluent expressions of nature, I pursue new imagery in silver with a wide spectrum of expression. My work can be interpreted as the embodiment of an intuitive sense of organic abstraction, whilst alluding to functional tradition. To chance impulses from nature and adopt such inspiration in my design are the most intuitive steps in my creation. Once I sense something creative, there is no way of resisting the urge to express it in silver. It is always an adventure to work the material directly from the beginning. It allows me to be very creative. I call this method 'thinking through making' or 'sensing through creating.' In addition I have achieved the pliability of clay by developing my own hammering method. It is exceptional. Instead of beating the metal over a cast iron stake as usual, I often form the silver in the air or over any suitable object. Most importantly it allows me to be natural in manipulating the material as though I were using my fingertips to push and pull the silver into shape.

Specialist Techniques:

Hammering and chasing.

Awards:

2009
Winner of the Schoonhoven Silver Award

2006
The Bavarian State Prize, Exempla, Munich

1999
Chongju International Craft Competition, Grand Prize
P&O Makower Trust Commission for Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Winner
Goldsmiths Crafts Council Awards, Commendation

1998
New Ashgate Gallery Awards, First Prize

1998 & 1989
Kohdo Sculpture Competition, Honorable mentions

1986
Musashino Art University Graduation Awards, Winner

Education:

1982-1988: Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan BA and MA in Industrial, Interior and Craft Design 

1994-97:
BA (1st Class Hons) Silversmithing & Metalwork, Camberwell College of Art, London

1997-99:
MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London

Public Collections:

Crafts Council, London The London Institute, London The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, UK The Clothworkers’ Company, London The Royal College of Art, London Victoria and Albert Museum, London Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich New College, Oxford P & O Makower Trust, UK National Museums & Galleries of Merseyside, Liverpool Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Ulster Museum, Belfast State Art Collection, Farmleigh, Dublin, Eire The National Museum of Wales Bristol Museums and Art Gallery National Museums & Galleries, Merseyside, Liverpool Musée Mandet, Riom, France Chongju City Art Hall, South Korea The Museum of Arts & Design, New York The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Publications:

Jerwood Applied Art Prize 2005: Metal. Craft Arts International No.66, 2006. Jerwopod Applied arts Prize: Metal, Catalogue, Crafts Council. Creation, An Insight into the Mind of the Modern Silversmith, Catalogue, The Goldsmiths Company, 27 May – 10 July 2004.


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