Goldsmith’s ‘Hidden Treasures’ exhibition showcasing at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell is set to close on the 3 May.
The exhibition brings together for the first-time works ranging from decorative pieces of jewellery and silverware to objets d’art, created by some of the most ‘eminent and respected craftspeople in the UK’.
Showcasing 22 members of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG), the exhibition profiles the fellows’ work and diverse skills, ranging from design, enamelling, wax carving to polishing.
Since its founding in 1984, the IPG has ensured the UK’s provenance when setting the standard for the finest workmanship in the industry. Its highest level of membership is a ‘fellow’, which entitles craftspeople to have the letters FIPG (Fellow of the IPG) after their name and to use the IPG punch.
The exhibition is set up to showcase these fellows as ‘hidden treasures’ as they hold specific and expert skills, which contribute to the realisation of a broad diversity of work, but often go unnamed.
A series of behind-the-scenes images taken by documentary photographer Sarah Ainslie in the fellows’ workshops celebrates the contribution of these craftspeople and nature of the expertise they hold and practice.
Craftspeople and members of the trade will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive evening event Hidden Treasures: Surgery with the Fellows on 2 May 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
During this informal evening of conversation, seven established craftspeople from IPG will answer manufacturing questions on a range of topics all around the skills of jewellery making and silversmithing.