Kevin Grey

Kevin Grey Silver

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

52 Frederick St Birmingham B1 3HS

Biography:

I create unique pieces that use, almost exclusively, laser and TIG welding techniques to join individually formed pieces of metal. In my current work these are hand cut strips of silver which are combined with raised forms.The first pieces I made explored how form could be created out of strips - much like the combination of sinews and muscle tissue. What interests me is the relationship between the smooth surfaces and the strips - producing a dramatic visual impact within each piece. To explore this relationship forms are amputated  - cutting off or scooping out elements of a shape - to expose the edge. The strong contrasts between the texture of the strips and smooth inner surfaces or edges can give an illusion of solidity to a hollow form.For twenty five years I worked within the luxury automotive industry, hand-making bespoke pieces for Rolls Royce, Bentley and the Morgan Motor Company. The accumulated knowledge of traditional skills passed on through the trade, coupled with new technologies and production processes, has provided an approach to making that extends beyond and complements the traditions of silversmithing. I enjoy and welcome working to commission.

Specialist Techniques:

TIG WeldingLaser Welding

Awards:

2014 - Goldsmithsʼ Crafts and Design Council Awards: The Goldsmiths Company Award, Gold - The London Assay Office Award for Technological Innovation. Gold - Silversmiths Senior, Silver - 3D Design Silversmiths. 2012 - Goldsmiths' Crafts and Design Council Awards: Goldsmiths Company Award, Gold - The London Assay Office Award for Technological Innovation, Silver - Silversmiths Senior 2011 - Silver Commission, National Museum Wales. Silver Commission, Goldsmiths' Company Modern Collection. 2010 - Winner of Jewellery Quarter Silver Commission Competition, Birmingham- Goldsmiths' Crafts and Design Council Awards: The Goldsmiths Company Award, Gold - Technological Innovation Award (3D), Silver - (3D) Design Silversmiths, Commended - Silversmiths Senior2009- 1st Prize New Technology Award, the Goldsmiths' Company- Grants for the Arts Awards, Arts Council England Development Grant2008- Certificate of Merit, British Jewellers Association

Education:

1983-88 Craft Apprenticeship, Mathew Boulton College, Birmingham2007-09 HND Jewellery and Silversmithing, School of Jewellery, Birmingham

Public Collections:

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum Wales - Cardiff, Goldsmiths' Company - Modern Collection

Exhibitions:

2014 Salon: Art and Design Show, with Gallery Janssens van der Maelen: Fine Art Silver, New York. Fine Art and Antique Show, Park Lane with Gallery Maison Gerard, New York. Collective2 Design Fair - with Gallery Maison Gerard, New York. Danske Sølvesmede with Britsh Guests, The Museum at Koldinghus, Denmark. Contemporary Silversmithing - The Goldsmiths' Centre. 2013 Collect, Saatchi Gallery 2013. Goldsmiths Fair - Goldsmiths Hall. 2012 Fit For Purpose V&A London, CBS. Goldsmiths Fair - Goldsmiths Hall. John Higgins Contemporary Silver- Sussex. 2011 Silverstuck - National Museum Wales. Silver Commission, ''Filière'' - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Participating in British Silver Week 2011 Goldsmiths Fair - Goldsmiths Hall. Festival of Silver, Kuala Lumpur. Rising Stars, British Silver Week Launch, Pangolin Gallery, London. 2010 Goldsmithsʼ Craft and Design Council, Craft and Design Awards Goldsmiths Hall. Airspace - School of Jewellery, Birmingham. Cox & Power, London. British Silver Week 2010 - John Higgins Contemporary Silver, Sussex Payne & Sons, Oxford. Goldsmithsʼ Fair, Goldsmithsʼ Hall. 2009 Goldsmithsʼ Craft and Design council, Craft and Design Awards Goldsmithsʼ Hall.

Publications:

Silversmithing A Contemporary Guide to Making by Brian Hill and Andrew Putland, 2013


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