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Desire – Kensington [March 2013]

I recently spent the weekend at Desire in London surrounded by a wonderful collection of jewellery and silverware from some of the finest makers in the country.  In the heart of Kensington the event has just moved into, hopefully, a new permanent home where it can grow and build up quite a following.


Natalie Jane Harris

Besides the jewellery on show it was encouraging and inspiring to see so much silverware represented – British Silverweek brought a considerable amount of new talent with it to sit alongside more established makers like Andrew MacGowan and Esther Lord.

Collete Bishop:


Colette-Bishop

Showed a sumptuous little selection of her neat, smoothly curving vessels, off set by their jagged tops and beautifully tactile in form.

Fiona McAlear:


Fiona MacAlear

Brought this little vessel along – just look at the beautiful, intricate detailing on the lid:


Fiona MacAlear Lid

it makes what could be quite a heavy piece feel delicate – and makes a lovely feature of the hinge.

Kathryn Hinton:


Kathryn Hinton

and I had a quick chat with Kathrine Hinton who makes use of some wonderful new technologies (computer modelling, digital hammer blows and some very fine rapid prototyping) to produce tiny, detailed vessels and jewellery with surfaces that you just want to hold and explore:


Kathryn Hinton
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