Currently viable crafts

 

Silversmithing

 

The making of silver items, such as hollow ware (vessels such as bowls, cups, candlesticks etc.), flatware, household and ecclesiastical items, sculpture and jewellery.

 

Status Currently viable
Craft category Precious metals
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required

 

History

 

Techniques

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

Silver polishing and finishing.

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

 

Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

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.

 

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