Biography

Rebecca graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990. Since then she has combined silversmithing practice with a career in teaching at a number of UK institutions. Her work has been shown in major exhibitions at home and internationally and she is represented in several major UK collections including the Crafts Council, Birmingham Museum and the Goldsmiths’ Company. She was appointed to the RCA’s department of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery as a tutor in 1998. Rebecca acquired her current London studio in 2002, in order to extend her silversmithing practice and to provide workspace opportunities for other silversmiths and jewellers. She is a member of the of Contemporary British Silversmiths (www.contemporarybritishsilversmiths.org)

 

Work

Rebecca’s early work expressed interest in development of traditional scoring techniques towards complexity in the construction of sheet metal forms. Vessel sets and flatware were minimal, elegant decorative detail. Current themes, inspired by Modernism and the Purist paintings of Le Corbusier and Ozenfant, incorporate silver with non precious metals, exploiting opportunity to highlight the preciousness of silver and explore sculptural constructs of replication, inversion, positioning and scale.

I work predominantly in silver, sometimes adding glass, hardwood or acrylic handles and detailing. Gold plating is used to offset the colour of polished and matt silver finishes and for decoration. Simple, streamlined forms fabricated from sheet material are often scored and folded to make functional features like a spout.

 

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