We have been speaking to the makers whose work and studios feature in ‘Excellence Made,’ the film by Petr Krejci, commissioned specially for Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018.
Next we spoke to jeweller, Lucie Gledhill, known best for her skilled chain making:
Where is your workshop based and what is like being based there?
‘My workshop is in Walthamstow which has a rich heritage in craft. I have been based here for the past five years. It is a biggish workshop where I run classes and share a space with eight other jewellery and metal workers. The communal space is so important to me because I like to share my ideas and process with people. I love that sometimes its busy but other times I’m the only one in. I take huge pride in my workshop because I built it myself – I’ve put a lot of hard work and love into it. It is where I spend most of my time!’
How was it being part of the film and working with Petr?
‘Petr has an understanding of process but looks at it from a completely different point of view. He was able to take my most everyday processes and romanticise them making them so interesting. Of course, he knows what will look good on camera but it was amusing for me to draw so much attention to everyday tasks. The intimacy of the filming was something I have never experienced before but I am aware of Petr’s work so had complete faith in him. On some occasions the camera was closer to my hands than my own eyes!’
What piece were you working on in the video?
‘Chain! I’m not sure which piece will feature in the film but I was alloying and pouring gold which is the starting point for all my work. Then rolling and drawing wire, and making jump rings… which I do everyday!’
What can we expect from your work at this year’s Fair?
‘I will be showing my new Fishbone Chain in gold.’
See Lucie’s exhibitor profile here.
Find Lucie at Goldsmiths’ Fair Week one, stand 64.