Smithing is where our craftsman and woman unite disparate components into seamless expressions of their craft. A broad set of skills and tools is required for excellence in ‘smithing’.
Our ambition at Elkington & Co. is to support a new generation of silversmiths in Sheffield. Providing a platform for young craftsman to once again demonstrate the talents of their forefathers, crafting a new vision in functional contemporary silverware.
The guilds of Silversmiths have existed since Roman times, their tradition was to secure the skills of their trade for future generations, most especially via the tradition of apprenticeships. This tradition upheld the quality of and consistency of the craft.
In the United Kingdom the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths received a royal charter in 1327, however it is believed the tradition dates back to well before the 11th century.
Traditionally smithing techniques tended to be figurative in nature, where a layering of elements, one over the other provides the necessary connections to completing a piece.
In the new collections designed by Christopher Jenner he encouraged our craftsman to challenge the very nature of their tradition, to lay bare the connections, and to strive for seamless relationships where there was nowhere to hide.