Yvonne Renouf Smith

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

Silverwares, PO Box 6, Lyndhurst

Biography:

I have worked from my New Forest base since 1990, trading under the name of 'Silverwares'. Whilst my output is largely hand-made, functional tableware, I am increasingly creating more decorative pieces and some important corporate pieces. My aim is always to create silverware which catches the eye and enhances pleasure in one's suroundings. I love the coolness of silver and the tones that can be achieved with polishing. In particular, I value traditional hand skills so that my personal mark is evident on every piece I make whilst an interest in the Bauhaus and Wienerwerkstaette movements of the early 20th century has been an influence on my design style. Balance and suspension are recurrent themes in my work, exemplified in my 'Cinderella' tea set, the 'Cradle' tureen and series of smaller dishes and the 'Italia' candlestick. I have exhibited my silverware widely in the United Kingdom and abroad but work primarily to commission from first sketches to finished pieces.

Specialist Techniques:

Hot and cold forging.

Awards:

1998 Appointed ABDS Honorary Member
1992 Winner, Daily Telegraph & Silver Trust Competition for a Silver Underplate for 10 Downing Street
1987 Joint First Prize, Wednesbury Tube Jewellery Competition (copper tube manufacturers)
1983 Winning Design, Worshipful Company of Plaisters & Pargeters Masters Gift

Education:

Trained part-time between 1980-93 Silversmithing, Sir John Cass School of Art, London 1982 Craft Certificate in Silversmithing, City & Guilds of London 1985 Advanced Craft Certificate in Silversmithing, City & Guilds of London 1989 Jewellery, City of London Polytechnic 1990 Silversmithing, City of London Polytechnic 1993 Distinction, Diploma in Precious Metals & Allied Crafts, London Guildhall University

Public Collections:

2005 Trophy for Royal Navy Warfare Officers' Training Course, commissioned by British Aerospace Underwater Systems. 2003 Master's Goblet for the Company of Tax Advisers 1997 Sheffield Millennium Canteen, Sheffield, England 1993 The Silver Trust, 10 Downing Street, London, England 1990 Lubavitch Foundation, Money Box 1983 Worshipful Company of Plaisterers & Pargeters, Wine Coaster

Publications:

Yvonne Renouf Smith's work has been featured in magazine and newspaper articles including; World of Interiors; Retail Jewellery; The Hill; Crafts Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times and RA (Royal Academy) magazine. Books & Catalogues The Art of Giving, Christies Charity Sale Auction & Catalogue, September 1990 Craft & Design in Hampshire, Hampshire County Council, 1997 Southern Craftmakers, Beatrice Royal Gallery catalogue, 1998 British Silver - A ##Sterling# Adventure, ##ABDS# catalogue, 2001