David Clarke


For such a pure, proper and valuable material as silver influences come from my journey to and from the workshop, my observations; the things I capture in a blink of a second influences come from the street; filth and oddities are what I collect within the hectic urban environment of London. My brain captures information quicker than my hands can produce.

The conservativeness of the discipline really pushes me to become more creative, challenging and playful. It is essential to keep this discipline alive and forward thinking. Combining other materials such as salt and lead has been important to really attack the silver physically.
Likewise to adapt unwanted, unvalued objects and give them a new life and opportunity is to make them relevant once again. It is essential to push the boundaries and the potential for the discipline and raise questions and innovate through making.

Set up own workshop in 1997 London

Born Nottingham 1967.

1995-97 Royal College of Art..
MA by project; studying the production of domestic silverware.
1989-93 Camberwell College of Art.
BA 3D design, majoring in silversmithing and metalwork.

2007 The Sotherbys Award at Collect
2005 The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal 2005 short listed finalist.
2002 The Woo Charitable Foundation awarded bursary.
1999 The Crafts Council setting up grant

Selected Exhibitions
2007 New Silver.Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
Solo.Galerie SO, Switzerland.
Hue, Line, Form. Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Solo Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands.
2006-7 The everyday.Flow gallery then touring UK.2005-8 Collect at the V&A, London.represented by Galerie SO, Switzerland.
2005 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal touring London, Barnsley, Devon and Derbyshire.
2005 David Watkins and his students.Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Celebrating 30 years of Crafts.Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2004 Creation. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

The everyday DVD catalogue. Simone ten Hompel.
ISBN 1 89976 47 39
Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal. The Crafts Council.
ISBN 1 903713 15 3
Treasures of the 20th Century. Goldsmith Company. Rosemary Ransom Wallis.
ISBN 0 907814 30 5
A field of Silver: Silver in the Field. Simone ten Hompel + Andreas Fabian.
ISBN 1899764 259

Selected Public Collections
The Marzee Collection.
The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.
Victoria & Albert Museum.
Shipley Art Gallery.
The British Council.
Crafts Council.





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