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York Talk

I have been invited by the York Artworkers Association to give a talk at the Tempest Anderson Hall, York Museum. It is next Monday 3rd November at 7.30pm. The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of artists, conservators, architects, academics and others who share a serious interest in art and design. They present an interesting and varied programme of speakers throughout the year, non-members are always welcome. In 2007, I heard ceramicist Elizabeth Fritsch CBE speak here at The Museum Gardens. It’s a good venue.

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Rebuilding the Renaissance City

Stuart Frost On any project there are significant milestones, key dates by which critical stages on the road to completion have been reached. For the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries project one of these was reached on Friday 26th September. Regular visitors to the V&A will have become used to the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries hoarding in […]

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At the Museum

My second site for this practice-based research is the South Asian Collection at the V&A, particularly the textiles collection. Buildings tell their own stories just as textiles do and the V&A and its South Asian textiles are no exception, being vivid, poignant utterances of a huge, complex and often bitter history – the history of Britainâ??s imperial past in India. How does the museum present or â??frameâ?? its collection? Frames instruct us, or try to, as to how to perceive the thing which is framed.

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Having the studio open to the public has changed my working process and I have laid the space out to engage the public in an educational way. There are my test pieces and samples of metalworking processes and the visual record of my own work is on the wall with the tests and experiments I am doing now. I also have prototypes of projects I will be doing with schools and projects for families (more about this later).

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Engaging with the Open Studio

Having the studio open to the public has changed my working process and I have laid the space out to engage the public in an educational way. There are my test pieces and samples of metalworking processes and the visual record of my own work is on the wall with the tests and experiments I […]

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Edinburgh students and graduates

I enjoy the visits I have had from current and past students of Edinburgh College of Art, many have popped in over the four months to see what I am up to and I am expecting a group to visit next week when they travel down to see the Craft Council organised London Craft Fair Origin at Somerset House. A number were selected to show their work in the exhibition Roar in the Oxo tower gallery a few weeks ago. 

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Silver of the Stars

Having the presses gives me a chance to explain about hallmarking and the purities of the various precious metals. I also explain the work of the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust to stimulate the craft of silversmithing in Scotland by staging exhibitions such as Silver of the Stars which is currently touring museums and galleries throughout the world including the V&A. 

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World Beach: One Year

Today is the first anniversary of our World Beach Project. Yeah! The 350th contribution (above) landed in the moderation queue on the day and superbly marks the occasion. Thank you to Hubert Lampeitl, Puerto Naos, La Palma for this sensitive and powerful image inspired by an imprint of his own hand and foot. It encompasses the very essence of the project…

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Very Open Studio

My studio is open to the public at certain times and in addition there are regular surprise visits from various groups who are on official tours of the V&A. Today it was a group of museum officials from Taiwan who enjoyed making Edinburgh hallmarks using the two presses that I borrowed from the Museum of Scotland.

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Enamelling Exhibition in Glorious Devon

I was invited by the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Riverside Mill Bovey Tracey to give an address for the opening of a wonderful enamelling exhibition Playing with Fire. Enamellers in the UK responded to the invitation to make proposals for new work in enamel and the jury of Elizabeth Turrell, Evangeline Long, Simon Fraser and myself had the difficult task of selecting from the proposals submitted.

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