Kay Ivanovic

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

My early training in book illustration has no doubt influenced my approach to silversmithing. For me, a shiny mirror-like expanse of silver is like a blank page waiting for images, marks, or the play of light on bumps and hollows to bring it to life. For narrative-based pieces, a design is etched in layered relief on a fairly simple form. This works well not only for commemorative pieces like 'Thriplow Farm Harvest' beaker, which depicts elements that affected the sugar beet crop, but also as a means of exploiting pattern for its trompe l'oeil potential as in the 'basketry' tea set. Ephemeral visual effects, like transparency, present some more intriguing subjects for etching as in 'Marsh' beaker's overlapping leaves and see-through base. I am attracted to things that flow, twine and billow. When they are the source of inspiration, asymmetric sculptural forms will often express the notion best, with chased and hammered curves creating movement in a pieces as in the 'McGuane' vase. Whatever shape the article takes, I prefer a fluid transition from one part to the next with the odd counterpoint if it feels right. Graceful form and an inviting tactile surface make for a thing that satisfies the eye, the hand and the heart.

Specialist Techniques:

Chasing and etching Hammer-forming

Awards:

1997 Designer Silver, Goldsmiths' Craft Council, 2nd Prize1990 Silver Trust Plate Competition, A Winner1986 Designer Silver, Goldsmiths' Craft Council, 1st Prize1981 Goddard's Silver Awards, 1st Runner Up

Education:

Diploma with Distinction: Silversmithing, Sir John Cass College of Art, London Illustration major, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Public Collections:

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England St John's College, Cambridge, England Caius College, Cambridge, England The Downing Street Silver Trust, London, England Professor Seymour Rabinovitch, Fish Slice Collection Sheffield Millennium Canteen, Sheffield, England

Exhibitions:

Chelsea Craft Fairs, Goldsmiths Fairs, Contemporary British Silversmiths exhibitions and themed shows.

Publications:

Kay Ivanovic has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Treasures of the Twentieth Century, Rosemary Ransome Wallis, The Goldsmiths' Company, London, 2000 Contemporary Silver, Benton Seymour Rabinovitch and Helen Clifford, London, 2000 Silversmithing, A Manual of Design and Techniques, Keith Smith


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    "Hen" water jug (a.)

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    Hen Water Jug

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    "Flight" jug

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    "Leaf" bowl

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    " Feathers"

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    "Swallow" water jug

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    Holly Leaf

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    Snow Pea pod

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    Argentium "Sipping Shell" wine taster

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    "Billowy" vase

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    Harvest Beaker

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    Memorial Tennis Trophy

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    Marsh Beaker

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    Ginko & Serpent Coffee Stirrers

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    Tubiform Candlestick

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    Splash

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    Fold-Formed Letter Openers

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    Basketry Five Piece Teaset

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