About Benjamin James Ryan
Award winning designer and craftsman Benjamin James Ryan specialises in producing bespoke silverware, jewellery & public art. Being a traditionally trained silversmith with a background in engineering, he strives to create beautifully functional and practical items, designed to stand the test of time. His creations combine both traditional making skills, and new technologies such as, Water-Jet Cutting, 3D Printing and CNC Milling. Ryan’s design ethos is based around creating truly unique luxury items in a considered contemporary style. His designs often have a hidden narrative, or pay homage to iconic classic design forms, using either a functional or aesthetic twist.
Ben’s aim is to create beautifully functional objects without compromising on aesthetics. He always work on paper first and then movs onto the computer to figure out how he’s going to make a piece. His inspiration is often lead by a commission brief or interesting objects that he’s have seen. The process of making jewellery and silverware traditionally from the bench, coupled with cutting edge manufacturing techniques, helps him to produce unique items. Ben often tries to mechanically assemble pieces where possible, so he can combine different surface finishes and textures, to help accentuate form or to play with reflections.
Information on commissions
All Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors welcome commissions. Don’t hesitate to contact this maker and start a conversation about commissioning a piece, unique to you. Examples of commissioning include transforming or combining old jewellery into new pieces, incorporating stones into new settings, or simply working together to create a bespoke piece in the style of this maker.
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