Rauni Higson

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I enjoy creating pieces that bridge the divide between function and sculpture; striking enough to stand alone, but intended to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis. Recently, I’ve been working on capturing movement and flow in the seemingly unyielding medium of metal. In fact, metal does ‘flow’ under the hammer, just very slowly. I am inspired by the natural world, particularly the dramatic mountains and coastline of Snowdonia. I strive to capture something of the beauty of the natural world, without directly imitating it. I’m passionate about exploring the full gamut of techniques, producing my contemporary interpretation of traditional skills. I like to leave evidence of the process of making in the finished piece, so people can see they are formed by hammers and hands. Commissions have included a Royal Wedding gift for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a large Candelabra centrepiece for Asprey, a 72 piece canteen of cutlery, and a large vase for the Goldsmiths’ Company.I trained for 3 years in Finland at Lahti Design Institute, then graduated (BA hons) from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham in 1996, and set up my studio in North Wales, in 1997.

Specialist Techniques:

Traditional silversmithing techniques, including Flat-hammering. Fold-forming: For some years I have been developing my interpretation of ‘Fold-forming’; folding sheet metal, hammering and forging it, then opening out the piece to reveal the 3-dimensional form. There is a thrilling ‘moment of truth’ in this process, where the the final form is revealed. Anticlastic and Synclastic forming.

Awards:

2016, Arts Council of Wales 'Creative Wales' award, extended R&D project. 2016 Silver and Bronze award, Goldsmiths' Company Craftsmanship and Design awards. 2014 Silver award for 'Glacier' dish, Goldsmiths' Company Craftsmanship and Design awards. First Prize in the inaugural Lewton-Brain Fold-form award (International) 2012, and 2nd in 2013. British Craft Trade Fair Award for Excellence, 2013. Goldsmiths’ Company Craftsmanship and Design awards Commended for 'Eucalyptus' cutlery, 2012

Education:

Sept 92- June 95: Goldsmiths School, Lahti Design Institute, Lahti, Finland.Full time Degree Level 4-year course; Gold and Silversmithing and Design.Oct 95- June 96: School of Jewellery, University of Central England, Birmingham.Final year of BA(Hons) Degree in 3D- Design; Silversmithing and Jewellery. Since graduating I have continued to develop skills and attend training as often as possible, sometimes with support from the Arts Council of Wales or the Goldsmiths’ Company. These have included: Work experience with Master Silversmith Christopher Lawrence.Work experience with Master Chaser Michael Lloyd.‘Through the Plasticity of Metal’, with Brian Clarke in Ireland.‘Anticlastic raising’ with Michael Good, in Ireland.‘Anticlastic and Synclastic Metalforming Masterclass’ with Cindy Eid, Birmingham School of Jewellery.

Public Collections:

Six pieces in the Goldsmiths’ Company Modern Collection; 'Mountain Burn' Rosewater dish, part of the Contemporary Buffet Plate,'Glacier' dish, 'Persephone' Vase, 7 piece setting of ‘Eucalyptus’ cutlery, 'Iris' salver, pair of 'Unfurl' Napkin rings. Two Settings of ‘Eucalyptus’ cutlery in the Margo Grant Walsh Collection, USA, published as ‘Collecting by Design’, and occasionally exhibited.

Exhibitions:

'Studio Silver Today' solo exhibition and residency at Erddig, Wrexham, collaboration between the Goldsmiths' Company and the National Trust, Mar-Nov 2013. 'Shadows and Light', Ruthin Craft Centre, 2012. 'Fit for Purpose', Contemporary British Silversmiths exhibition at he V&A, 2012. 'Great Britain', Crafts Council exhibition, Olympic and Paralympic games, 2102. Goldsmiths' Fair 2007-2014. Contemporary British Silver at Asprey, 2010 Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition, 2009, and many more.

Publications:

Books: Fold-forming, by Charles Lewton-Brain. The Complete Jewelry Making Course, by Jinks McGrath. Magazines: Homes and Antiques, 'Antiques for the Future' feature. Country Living, 4 page profile article. Financial Times ‘How to spend it’ magazine. Evening Standard magazine. Evening Standard Homes and Property supplement Sunday Telegraph ‘Style’ supplement. BBC Homes and Antiques magazine. Archistorm (French design) magazine


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    'Mountain Burn' Rosewater dish

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    'Rivulet' beakers

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    'Glacier' dish

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    'Eucalyptus' Flatware

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    'Undersea' Candelabra (1)

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    'Undersea' Candelabra

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    'Persephone' Vase (1)

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    'Persephone' Vase

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