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  • Wed 22 Oct 2014

    Focus On: Plique-a-jour with Alexandra Raphael

    We turn our attention to one of the more unusual techniques employed by our talented designer-makers. Alexandra Raphael is a unique exhibitor  whose beautiful bowls and goblets are known for their signature colour and delicacy. We spoke with Alexandra to find out more about the ‘plique-a-jour’ technique she is famous for.


  • Tue 23 Apr 2013

    A Beginner's Guide to Enamelling with Alexandra Raphael

    Since her earliest enamelling experiments in the 1970s, Alexandra Raphael has established herself as a modern master of the notoriously difficult arts of cloisonné and plique-à-jour. Tom Bowtell visited Alexandra at her London home to find out how the intense frustrations and rich rewards of enamelling have enraptured her for more than 40 years.

    Interview and article by Tom Bowtell

  • Tue 02 Apr 2013

    Meet the Maker: Sian Matthews

    Tom Bowtell catches up with award-winning silversmith Sian Matthews to talk about instinctive vision, paternal bonding, and the importance of saying yes.

    Interview by Tom Bowtell

    Whenever I interview silversmiths and jewellers, I often begin by asking them how they discovered their profession (or how their profession discovered them). Over the years I’ve heard an array of splend...

  • Wed 20 Mar 2013

    The Mighty Metalsmith exhibition, opens 23 May

    An exhibition of metalwork including an array of Who’s Who in Gold and Silver subscribers will be on display at Kath Libbert Gallery’s upcoming show, The Mighty Metalsmith, opening on 23rd May.

    Who’s Who subscribers Rauni Higson

  • Thu 14 Mar 2013

    Meet the Maker: Mary Ann Simmons

    The career of silversmith Mary Ann Simmons has so far been defined by journeys which have seen her move from Canada to Britain, from jewellery to silversmithing and from box-making to beakers. Mary Ann talked Tom Bowtell through her travels and told him more about the delights of a well-fitted box lid than he could ever have expected. 

    Interview by Tom Bowtell

    Now recognised by ...