Smith Pruden

Pruden & Smith

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

The Crossroads,
2 South Street,
Ditchling,
East Sussex

Biography:

A Precious Legacy

Nowhere is the famous British arts and crafts heritage more alive and well than in the workshop and gallery of Anton Pruden and Rebecca Smith. Just North of Brighton, Ditchling is world-renowned for over a century of top craftsmanship. Eric Gill himself suggested to Dunstan Pruden (Anton’s grandfather) that he  join the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic on Ditchling common in 1931. As one of the most influential silversmiths of the 20th Century, the legacy is strong:

“Growing up at the Guild, I was aware even very young of the centrality of the work there….not an over-serious, dry thing, but that they loved, cherished and valued what they did. It was a rare thing then as now and we make it central to our life too. “

For over 25 years they have been designing & making extraordinary jewellery and silverware for those who appreciate real craftsmanship. Whether buying a small silver gift off the shelf or commissioning an engagement ring of a lifetime, buying directly from their workshop is an unforgettable experience.

Commissions include chalices for Ely Cathedral, candlesticks for Durham Cathedral and jewellery for Julie Christie. Rebecca Smith and Anton Pruden are Freemen of the Goldsmiths Company.

Gallery Open daily 10.00-17.00 (Sundays 11.00-4.00)

Specialist Techniques:

Jewellery design; re-design and remakes. Diamond and gemstone setting.
Hammer work, chasing, fluting, ecclesiastical design and product design.

Awards:

2001 The Jules Award for Best Non Jewellery Product in Precious Metal

Education:

Rebecca Smith BA Hons
2006 Diamond grading course at Krochmal & Leiber
2005 Rhino design course at John Cass
2001 Freeman of the The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’, London
1982/86 BA Hons, West Surrey College of Art
1981/82 Art Foundation, Gloucestershire College of Art

Anton Pruden BSc Hons
2006 Diamond grading course at Krochmal & Leiber
2005 Rhino design course at John Cass
1998 Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’, London
1982/86 Apprenticed to Philip and Angela Lowery , Gloucestershire
1979/82 PPS, Guildford University

Public Collections:

1990 Chains of Office, Keymer and Clayton Parish Councils, England
1991 Tabernacle, Weybridge Church, England
1992 Morse, George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, England
1993 Chalices, All Saint’s, St Matthew’s and St Johns Church, England
1994 6 Piece Altar Set, Ampleforth Abbey, England
1995 Processional Candlesticks, Durham Cathedral, England
1997 Chalices, St Margaret’s Church, England
1997/8 Font and Altar Vessels for St Anne’s Naval Chaplainry, Portsmouth, England
1998 Contemporary Silverware Range, Mappin and Webb
1999 Mace and Chain of Office, Incoming President of Rennselaer University, New York presented by Hilary Clinton
2000 Knife, Millennium Bowl, The Bayer Corporation
2000 The Bayer Millennium Bowl, The Bayer Corporation
2001 The Sparkman and Stephens Trophy, Fastnet Race
2001 Oil Stocks and Paten, St Johns Cathedral, Portsmouth, England
2001 Pair of Chalices, Portsmouth City Council, England
2001 Processional Cross, Processional Candlesticks, Altar Candlesticks and  Choir Stall Lamps, Richmond Parish Church, England
2002 Altar Vessels, Ely Cathedral, England;
2012 altar vessels for Worth Abbey

Publications:

2001
One Tree, The Geffrey Museum exhibition catalogue

1999
The Art & Evolution of Cutlery, Goldsmiths' Company exhibition catalogue

1998
Buyer's Guide to Contemporary Metal, Crafts Council
Silver & Tea A Perfect Blend,
Goldsmiths' Company exhibition catalogue


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    Two Chalices and Paten for St. Margaret's

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    Altar Candlesticks

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    Mace for Rensselaer University

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    Silver celtic cross keyring

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    Silver St Christopher keyrings

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    Silver sauce ladle

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    Planished silver square nightlight holder

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    Silver wine taster

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    Planished silver half pint mug

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    Square turned tulip wood bowl

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    Three piece salad set

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    Planished silver cereal bowl

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    Planished silver christening cup

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    Two-part wine funnel

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    Small round silver skein vase

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    Arced Candlestick

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    Silver planished jug

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    Commissioned eternity ring

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    Rough diamond rings

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    Stacking rings

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    18ct Gold and Diamond Nugget Ring

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    Handmade silver cuff ring

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    Teardrop stacking rings

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    Platinum Moi et Toi

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    Inwards Spiky Engagement Ring

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    Diamond swirl ring

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    Aquamarine and amethyst rings

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    Engagement and Wishbone Wedding Ring Set

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    Eternity and engagement rings

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