The making of silver items, such as hollow ware (vessels such as bowls, cups, candlesticks etc.), flatware, household and ecclesiastical items, sculpture and jewellery.
|Craft category||Precious metals|
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Silver polishing and finishing.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
Contemporary British Silversmiths (CBS) is running a three year Skills Training Programme offering skills training to mid career silversmiths. CBS found that many current silversmithing graduates do not have the skills, and many specific skills like box making, raising, flatware forging are dying out as the master silversmiths retire. The three year programme in partnership with Goldsmiths’ Centre offers free training to current silversmiths with the proviso that they pass their skills on in some format.