Paul Wells

About Paul Wells

Paul Wells is a London based silversmith, renowned for his use of direct metalworking techniques. Wells’ silverware makes innovative use of fold-forming and he has developed a method of creating curved scores which can be used to fold sheet metal in a visually stunning and unique style; his technique has been recognised by Goldsmiths’ Crafts and Design Council with two Gold Awards for Technological Innovation. Wells’ exploration of this technique has led to the production of intrinsically organic silver forms which almost appear to have grown themselves into existence, creating confounding biomorphic designs that are both functional and decorative.

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Introducing Paul Wells

Curved Score Folding is a radical technique which harnesses the transformative powers that curved scores can effect in sheet metal to create dynamic three-dimensional forms, much like metal origami. Wires are used to create impressions into sheet silver, allowing the metal to be folded along these curved lines — the design of the scored lines directly affects the way in which the metal will move. Combined with traditional silversmithing practise such as raising, sinking and hand engraving, Wells’ pieces are compressed and formed by hand, allowing the use of subtle textured finishes and contrasting oxidised details.

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