Contemporary Silver Exhibition in Lindfield

PUBLISHED: 01:28 05 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

Nigella by Junko Mori, which will also be at the June Exhibition

Nigella by Junko Mori, which will also be at the June Exhibition

The Contemporary Silver Gallery in Lindfield will host a major exhibition this month...

TOP silversmiths and enamellers will be showing their work at a major contemporary silver exhibition to be held in Lindfield in June 2012. Silversmiths Anthony Elson from Hadlow Down and Pruden and Smith from Ditchling, together with top UK enamellers Fred Rich and Jane Short, who are also based in Sussex, will join over 30 other exhibitors.

Exhibition organiser John Higgins, himself an avid collector of contemporary silver, says: "We have some extremely talented silversmiths and enamellers in Sussex Fred Rich, working from his private workshop in Alfriston is well- established as one of the UKs most dynamic and exciting art enamellers, and his work is sumptuous and very distinctive. His work attracts serious collectors, and examples of his work are in many private and public collections, including the British Museum and the V&A. Fred designs, carves, engraves, sculpts and enamels precious metals, always producing absolutely breathtaking results."

Jane Short, who trained at the Central School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, works from her workshop in Brighton and is another highly respected and talented enameller. Janes colourful but subtle engraved and enamelled silver and jewellery is included in many significant collections, including the V&A, the Queens Collection, the National Museum of Scotland and the Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford . "In addition to her amazing jewellery, Jane designs and enamels superb smaller silverware items such as beakers and bowls, as well as larger centrepieces for more formal use, and she delights in the range of colour and effect that enamel can bring to a piece. Through both her teaching and her enamel work, Jane has helped to keep the fascinating technique of enamelling a vibrant and colourful part of the contemporary silver and jewellery world," says John Higgins.

Pruden and Smith, run by Anton Pruden and Rebecca Smith, situated on the crossroads in the centre of Ditchling, are well-established goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers and in addition to their extensive and highly popular jewellery work, hand-raise extremely fine silver in their workshops underneath the main showroom. "Their work is always very popular at my exhibitions," says John Higgins. "Their beautiful hand-made jugs, servers, and goblets at sensible prices to suit all pockets always go down well. They are ideal for those customers looking for the perfect wedding or christening present." Antons grandfather, Dunstan Pruden, was also a notable silversmith in the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, founded by Eric Gill. Some of the casting patterns used by Dunstan Pruden are now incorporated into new designs created by Pruden and Smith. One, the praying girl, is incorporated into a range of jugs and spoons (see photograph).

Finally Anthony Elson, born in Worthing in 1935, continues to undertake commissions from his workshop at his home in Hadlow Down, and interestingly trained under Anton Prudens grandfather, Dunstan Pruden (see above), at Brighton College of Art. Anthony has had a very distinguished career in silversmithing and in managing major silversmithing businesses, spanning over 50 years, and he has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and Australia. His wonderful work can be found in many private and public collections, and Anthony has undertaken many prominent commissions from the City of London, London Stock Exchange, City Livery Companies, Universities and Cathedrals. "Anthony is a wonderful silversmith," says John, "one of my favourites, and although I only have one piece of his in this years exhibition a wonderfully modelled standing swan it is just the most magnificent piece in every way."

In addition to these extremely talented Sussex silversmiths, the exhibition in Lindfield will showcase the work of many other top UK silversmiths, including Rod Kelly, Michael Lloyd, Malcolm Appleby, William Lee and Junko Mori, and a number of rising stars including Kevin Grey, Miriam Hanid, Theresa Nguyen and Shaun Grace all of whom have already had their work selected by The Goldsmiths Company in London for their Modern Collection.

John Higgins, the event organiser and founder of the Contemporary Silver Gallery, adds: "This is our fourth summer exhibition in Lindfield, and this years exhibition will include a number of special commissions for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Year. Over 140 pieces by 38 designer-makers from Scotland, England and Wales will be on show, and this spectacular display of contemporary silver and enamel will captivate collectors and novices alike. This exhibition brings together the widest selection and diversity of contemporary silver and enamelling anywhere in the UK, with todays designer-makers continuing to push the boundaries of design, technique and finish."

Find Out More: If you would like an invitation to this exhibition which runs from 15 June to 1 July, 9-5 each day, please call John higgins on 01444 483782, or email Further information can be found on

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