The honour of awarding the Best New Design Award for Week Two of Goldsmiths’ Fair fell to Richard Edgcumbe, Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum who celebrated the exhibitors at the Fair as some of the very greatest people making in the world today.
Patrick Davison won the Best New Design Award for Week Two for his Alabastron Vessel. It combines the skilful and time-consuming process of weaving metal with hammering and shaping. The end result was a highly original contribution to the work of British silversmithing. Richard comments: “I’ve never seen anything quite like it, it is totally fresh and totally new”.
The silver vessel, which took five weeks to make, uses weaving in a similar way to how fabrics are produced. But it’s not as simple as it sounds as making large hollow forms from weaving can be difficult. To overcome this, Patrick started with wires of fine silver, sterling silver and bronze, which were woven around a solid central core of shaped aluminium and soldered together throughout for structural integrity.