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Leo Shirley-SmithLeo Shirley-Smith



Leo Shirley-Smith was born in London 1962 and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. He has always been fascinated with the process of making things, and has been a craftsman and inventor since childhood. He studied Jewellery and Diamond Mounting at the Sir John Cass School Of Art followed by an apprenticeship to the distinguished goldsmith, Peter Page, in Ramsbury Wiltshire.


He has been silver restorer for Styles Silver for 30 years. This has brought him into contact with silverware of every genre and period, giving him a broad and diverse experience of the different ways silverware is made.


His inventor's talents have led him in directions from boat interior design to website design, the latter with a particular sensitivity to the needs of fellow artists. Cleopatra was a boat interior & exterior design project completed by Leo in the mid 1990s. It attracted an 8 page article in the World Of Interiors magazine and the BBC2 cameras for a day. It was an exercise in visual and functional design.


"What interests me in design is the combining of visual elegance, functional elegance, and the elegance of the manufacturing process."


In producing his etching designs Leo Shirley-Smith draws his inspiration from many sources. From going for a walk in the countryside with a camera to old Elizabethan wallpaper designs. From ancient traditional Japanese patterns to Italian renaissance details and designs.


Leo's father Richard Shirley-Smith and step father Simon Brett are both artists who work with black and white images. This has been a great help and inspiration to him in the development of his etched imagery.

 



Silver Snails Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged.
Etched
Plain on back with feature hallamrk
Length: 18cm
£235

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Silver Snails Letter Opener

Silver 'Fishing Flies' BookmarkSilver 'Fishing Flies' Bookmark

London
Leo Shirkey-Smith
Length: 10cm
Width: 3cm
£98

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Silver Brown Trout Bookmark

London
Leo Shirkey-Smith
Length: 10cm
Width: 3cm
£98

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see packaging

 


Silver Brown Trout Bookmark

Silver "Sunderland Stones" Letter Opener Silver "Sunderland Stones" Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged.
Stones are etched
Length: 18cm
£235

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Silver 'Fishing Flies' Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged.
Flies are etched
Length: 18cm
£235

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Silver 'Fishing Flies' Letter Opener

Silver Pheasant Feather Letter OpenerSilver Pheasant Feather Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged.
Pheasant feather is etched onto silver.
Length:
£235

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Silver Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged
With or without tassle
Length:
£235

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Silver Letter Opener

Silver "Brown Trout Scales" Letter Opener Silver "Brown Trout Scales" Letter Opener

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Hand made
End loop is hand forged.
Brown Trout scales are etched onto silver.
Length: 18cm
£235

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Small Etched Vase / Pen Pot

Etched silver design: Hydrangea Petiolaris

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Height: 10.5cm
Width: 5cm
£275

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Small Etched Vase / Pen Pot

Etched VaseEtched Vase

Etched silver design: Hydrangea Petiolaris

London
Leo Shirley-Smith
Height: 10.5cm
Width: 5cm
£350
 



Personalised Vases and Pen Pots

"Personal designs" are unique etched silver designs requested by customers
for vases & pen pots.

Customers photographs, prints, drawings or pictures can be made to
etch beautifully into silver, and can be used in combination with other
designs & patterns.

Customers images can have other designs & patterns within them.
For example, as a background behind a person as shown below.

Photographs of family, marriages, holidays or anything else,
can be developed into aesthetically pleasing, etched designs.

www.lss-silverdesign.co.uk
 


Personalised Vases and Pen Pots

Images

1. The customer provides photographs or images

2. The images are processed ready for etching into silver.




 


Images


Finished Vase / Pen Pot


3. If the customer would like to go ahead, the images are etched into silver and made into a finished piece. 


Finished Vase / Pen Pot


Collar Design
 


Collar Design


Different Patterns

Vases & pen pots can be ordered with these etched silver designs and patterns.

The same on all 4 sides, or in a combination.
For example, photographic or personal designs with patterns,
to create entertaining and unique objects.

Designs & patterns can be used within a personal design.
For example, as a background behind a person.

 


Different Patterns