William PHIPPS

William Phipps was born in 1936 and was apprenticed to church silversmith Michael Murray before opening his own workshop in Clerkenwell. He has made a speciality of hand-forged silver, a technique where, using a heavy hammer, the silver is hand-beaten into shape while hot. This traditional skill for producing cutlery is now rare, producing utensils which resonate with their human crafting. As a member of the Association of British Designer-Silversmiths he was asked, with 36 other silversmiths, to make the Millennium Canteen for Sheffield City Council and he produced a fine pair of fish knife and fork. Phipps has taught part-time at the Christopher Wren School and Camberwell College of Art, London and is a member of the Art Worker's Guild. He is a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Silversmiths and his work can be seen at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Gateshead Museum; Crafts Council Collection and at Goldsmith's Hall. Personal statement: "All work is either hand-forged, in the case of cutlery, out of single solid pieces of bar, or else hand raised and planished as in the case of bowls and goblets etc."William Phipps died in October 2009
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London 1980

Fully Hallmarked Silver
Sterling (925)

Length: 10 cm

Hot forged

£ 140.00
X Millennium Canteen Catalogue
Catalogue when Sheffield City Council commissioned a canteen to be made for the Millennium

Including work by Brian Asquith, Michael Bolton, William Phipps, Richard Fox, Julie Chamberlain, etc - In total 37 Silversmiths 

Well illustrated 
£ 15.00