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Don Porritt

EXHIBITION at STYLES SILVER HUNGERFORD

 
DON PORRITT is one of the major silversmiths featured in my book 'DESIGNER BRITISH SILVER - from Studios Established 1930-1985'. At 87 years old he is still producing cutting edge work.   
 
STYLES SILVER first showed his work successfully in 2009 for ‘BRITISH SILVER WEEK’ and are excited about having such a good cross section of his work here now.   
 
Don Porritt was born in West Yorkshire in 1933 and left school at 14. He worked as a sales assistant in a family run jeweller in Leeds before starting a 5-year apprenticeship at the bench with evenings studying at the Leeds College of Art. After National Service spent in Malaya, he returned to LCA where his tutor Alann Fisher started showing interest in his work.  
 
In 1958 he was awarded the City & Guilds of London Institute 1st Prize Bronze Metal for Diamond Mounting which enabled him enrol fulltime at LCA to study design as well – they accepted this award in lieu of the normal portfolio. In the 4-year course he secured an Intermediate Certificate in Art & Craft (Silver) and a National Design Diploma, Industrial Design. In 1964 he set up his own studio as an industrial designer, silversmith and sculptor and the following year started lecturing on industrial design at Leeds College of Art. Before taking up this post he visited Finland and Holland on a bursary from the Royal Society of Arts. In 1973 he was able to revisit Finland, together with Poland and the USSR, on a 10-12 week Travelling Scholarship awarded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. In 1992 he relinquished his teaching post and was able to devote his time to silver design and manufacture.  
 
His commissions include many important sporting trophies and awards. 
 
Don believes the ultimate challenge of the silversmith is to create a unique sculptural form while maintaining the expressive inner content of the piece. The vibrancy of rivers, rapids, cascades and the fluidity of water in its many moods are the collective inspiration for these experimental pieces of modern domestic silverwork. 
 
Flask, flagons. Jugs, bowls and other vessels are created by a combination of innovative piercing, seaming and overlap techniques which impart a flowing, dynamic quality to each piece. The surface detailing and texture of the finished designs evolve in a natural manner directly from their process of construction. 
 
 

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DON PORRITT Silver FLAGON
Sheffield 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 235 mm
Weight:425 gm
Capacity: 475 ml

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 50-51
£ 1,850.00
DON PORRITT Silver FLUTED FLAGON
Sheffield 2002

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 195 mm
Weight:430 gm
Capacity: 500 ml

With Gilded inset hand grip panels & interior

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 52-53
£ 1,850.00
DON PORRITT 4 Silver CADDY SPOONS
4 Silver Caddy Spoons commissioned by STYLES SILVER of HUNGERFORD especially for their current exhibition:

 DON PORRITT - silver: light, texture and form

'There are two types of hammer texture finish to the anticlastic handles - one on the concave upper form and the other applied to both edges as a contrast to the plain concave section. The spoons echo the strong flowing lines of my jug designs and a well struck hallmark is sited on the underside of the handle as a distinctive part of the overall design.'
DON PORRITT Silver CADDY SPOON 1
Sheffield 2020

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Circular Bowl with Textured Front to Handle
(This was the initial prototype for the 4 - all with anticlastic handles}

Length: 90 mm
Weight: 25 gm

STYLES SILVER commission for this current exhibition
£ 295.00
DON PORRITT Silver CADDY SPOON 3
Sheffield 2020

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Oval Bowl with Textured Sides of Handle

Length: 95 mm
Weight: 30 gm

STYLES SILVER commission for this current exhibition
£ 295.00
DON PORRITT Silver CADDY SPOON 4
Sheffield 2020

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Oval Bowl with Textured Front of Handle

Length: 95 mm
Weight: 29 gm

STYLES SILVER commission for this current exhibition
£ 295.00
DON PORRITT Silver BOWL - WAVE 10
Sheffield 2006

Fully Hallmarked Silver

Sterling (925)

Diameter: 180 mm
Weight: 970 gm

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 34-35
£ 2,150.00
DON PORRITT Silver FLASK
Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 160 mm
Weight: 190 gm
Capacity: 300 ml

Miniature

A bottle shaped form which can function as pouring vessels or as vases.
Fabricated construction, hammer texture finishes


DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 54-55
£ 1,750.00
DON PORRITT Silver FLASK
Sheffield 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 220 mm
Weight: 310 gm
Capacity: 400 ml

Large

A bottle shaped form which can function as pouring vessels or as vases. 
Fabricated construction, hammer texture finishes

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 54-55
£ 2,100.00
DON PORRITT Silver LONG STEM SPOON
Sheffield 

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 19 cm
Weight: 39 gm


£ 110.00
DON PORRITT Silver OVERLAP JUG
The illustration here is of a Silver Plated Prototype - Commissions are being taken for a fully hallmarked silver example

Height: 153 cm

CUT & OVERLAP - A concept evolved from experiments in cutting fine slits into the edges of a flat piece of silver in a series of closely spaced parallel lines. Each slitted section is then manipulated, progressively overlapped and soldered to create the distinctive pleated formation of a new visual experience in silver

£1750 to order
DON PORRITT BOOK silver: light, texture and form
122 pages 

Well illustrated with work from all periods of his career - Foreword by John Andrew

£12 in shop - please enquire postage cost

Book can be viewed here: 
https://issuu.com/jgl-design/docs/don_poritt_book
DON PORRITT Cast Silver CADDY SPOON
Sheffield 2012

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Pear Shaped Bowl
Length: 11.5 cm 
Weight: 42 gm

Satin finish - See The Goldsmiths' Company Video 'CREATION' to see Don making this with a Cuttlefish Bone mould for casting
£ 195.00
DON PORRITT Silver CADDY SPOON
Sheffield 

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Round Bowl with Textured Handle

Length: 10.5 cm
Weight: 32 gm
£ 195.00
DON PORRITT Silver COCOON BOX
Sheffield 2020

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 86 mm
Width: 65 mm
Height: 50 mm
Weight: 180 gm

Flow lines of textured silver wires spring from end to end to create the structure of the domed open-work lid These individually shaped wires, in compound curved lines, are fused together at intervals to shape the distinctive sculptural and tactile form of the oval box. Leaf-like spatial voids between the wires add to a sense of dynamic movement which is at the core of the design concept. The delicate open-work lid, a push fit on the body, is mounted within a substantial supporting rim. This element should be grasped when opening and closing the box lid. Flowing textured wires are shaped and contoured to the profile of the lid curvature, then secured together by stainless steel binding wires prior to the soldering process. There are 100 soldering operations required to complete the project.

SOLD
DON PORRITT Silver CUNEIFORM JUG
Sheffield 2005

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 122 mm
Weight: 270 gm

Medium with Handle


DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 56-57

SOLD

x DON PORRITT Large Silver CURVILINEAR JUG
Sheffield 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 250 mm
Weight: 740 gm
Capacity: 500 ml

CURVILINEAR
A theme based on interpretations of the flow of liquid when poured from a vessel such as a jug, beaker or flagon. Realisation in silver creates sharply modelled curvilinear lines which echo the dynamic quality of the flowing liquid. These undulating forms define the core of the concept and are layered section by section from separate silver profiles

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 18-19

SOLD

x DON PORRITT Silver CADDY SPOON 2
Sheffield 2020

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Oval Bowl with Textured Front to Handle

Length: 95 mm
Weight: 35 gm

STYLES SILVER commission for this current exhibition

SOLD


x DON PORRITT Silver CUNEIFORM JUG
Sheffield 2005

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 100 mm
Weight: 170 gm

Small with Textured Back


DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 56-57

SOLD

x DON PORRITT Silver FLUTED FLAGON
Sheffield 2004

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Height: 215 mm
Weight: 550 gm
Capacity: 575 ml

With inset hand grip panels

DON PORRITT  silver: light, texture and form Page 52-53

SOLD