Goldsmith’s Fair takes place over two weeks in October at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall in the city of London. Established in 1983 by the Goldsmiths’ Company, the event features 160 inspirational makers from around the country, including 10 recent graduates who are given free stands by the Company in order to help them in the early days of their careers.
This year’s 10 rising stars were jewellers Jonathan Boyd, Jessica Poole, Milena Kovanovic and Ros Millar and silversmiths Phil Jordan, Samantha Moore, Victoria Coleman, Susan Dunford and Karen Simpson.
Highlights include silversmith Victoria Coleman who graduated from UCA Rochester and has completed a successful period as an Artist in Residence at Glasgow School of Art. Victoria is inspired by architecture and by exploring the use of traditional hand crafted techniques, she creates pieces that contrast geometric with organic forms.
Milena Kovanovic graduated from Central St Martins in 2006. Influenced by the natural world, she explores its forms and textures through inventive production techniques., creating jewellery in precious metal that is both sculptural and bold.
Ros Millar graduated from Seffield Hallam University in 2009 with a BA in Metalwork and Jewellery. Ros presents a range of organically-inspired gold and silver jewellery focusing mainly on rings and neckpieces. They echo the soft seascapes of her native Northern Ireland and the glint and sparkle of the Mediterranean countries she visits.
Karen Simpson studied silversmithing at The Glasgow School of Art and enjoys exploiting simple techniques such as hand piercing, soldering and manipulation of sheet silver to create spectacular, sculptural but ultimately functional forms. Inspiration for design comes from both manmade and natural forms but particular interest is paid to combine their minimalistic clean lines and effortless shapes.
With an overall focus on superlative design, craftsmanship and excellence, the Goldsmith’s Fair is a great place see new talent.