Miriam Hanid (born 1986)
Sterling silver, formed, hand raised, flat chased and planished. Height 18 cm. Marked: Miriam Hanid, London.
Hanid specialises in flat chasing, repoussé and engraving. This is one of four commissions she has made for the Company, each of which is inspired by the flow of water. She writes of this jug: “The inspiration for the chasing and forming which characterise this jug stems from the movement of water inside it. The way the water might move around when being poured into and out of the jug seemed a natural starting point on which to base a lineal pattern. The undulating chasing blends from wider valleys to crisper lines, thus capturing movement within and around the form. The finely planished (hammered) surface gives a shimmering quality rather like that of sun on the softly moving sea. From inspiration to usage, this piece is made to capture water!” In making the commission she was mentored by the specialist art chaser, Rod Kelly, whose work is well-represented in the Collection.
Designs for a similar ‘Cascade’ Jug, commissioned by the designer John Makepeace [see the video below], show her translating her observation of water into a linear pattern for chasing on the top of the handle, and the way in which the chased pattern will sculpt the jug’s form.
In this video, Miriam Hanid, seen in her workshop, discusses with Isabelle Fish the inspiration behind her sculptural silver: A tour of Miriam Hanid’s Studio, see here.
“I would like my work to be remembered for being like a 3D painting in metal…” Miriam Hanid talks about her work and inspiration in an article in Goldsmiths’ Review 2022 here.