I was asked to make a tazza in which the 400 mm diameter fruit dish could be detached as an independent unit leaving the base and stem as a candlestick.
These are photographs of a series of three chased silver dishes photographed by two different photographers Jay Watson and Paul Mounsey, with very different results. These were made as a contribution the Hereford Alloy jewellers exhibition ‘Habitat’.
In addition to be interested in exploring the possibilities of deep chasing in silver I am also interested in the photographic or printed image made from the object. Much, maybe most, of contemporary experience is through the manipulated printed or digital image rather than the direct contact with the object itself.
Below is the third of 300 mm diameter chased silver dishes. I once justified non functional silversmithing, jugs with hole in their bottoms, to sculptor friends by saying that the vessel played the same role for some makers as a life model might for an artist. It might only be the starting point as a vehicle for exploration and expression. I cannot pretend that these dishes serve a practical purpose. Rather they were vehicles through which to explore technique in an attempt to make an object to hold the eye as flowing water does, its pattern of flow always following the same pattern but never the same.From the very beginning objects have been made for ceremonial, symbolic and purposes other than functional use.
These dishes are about the process of ‘chasing’, open water, and my response to both.
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