Bill Phipps

The thing I like about making spoons is that you start from a thick block of silver, heat it and then just bash it to any shape you want. Rather than make finished drawings, I prefer to provide a very rough sketch then follow what seems the way the spoon or fork wants to go. They all have their funny little ways. For instance, for a 14 place settings, each of 7 pieces, I would start with the first set, hammer it out, and then use it as my master to copy for the other 13. Even so, no two pieces are exactly the same.

Born  1936

Trained by apprenticeship to Michael Murray

Selected recent exhibitions
2007 ‘Moments of Indulgence’, Sheffield Millennium Gallery
‘Treasures of Today’, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
2006 ‘Treasures of Today’, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
‘Treasures of Today’, Sheffield Millennium Gallery
‘Ten’ Exhibition, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
‘Ten’ Exhibition, Ebury Galleries, London
2005 Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London
2004 ‘Collect’, Represented by Lesley Craze Gallery, London
2003 Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia
2002 ‘Innovation & Design-Silver from Goldsmiths’ Hall’,
2002 ‘Cutting Edge’, Geffrye Museum, London
1900-2001 Koldinghus Museum, Denmark
2001 ‘The Unexpected: Contemporary Applied Arts from the U K’, Sotheby’s, New York
‘British Silver, A Sterling Adventure’, Washington D.C. & Truro, Association of British Designer   Silversmiths
‘Spoons Big and Small’, Lesley  Craze Gallery
2000 ‘The Silver Show’, Leighton House, Association of British Designer Silversmiths
2000 ‘Treasures of the 20th Century’, Goldsmiths’  Hall, London, organised by The Worshipful Company  of Goldsmiths
‘A Feast of Silver’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Public collections
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London
Crafts Council, London
Birmingham  City Art Gallery
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Sheffield City Museum
Oriel Gallery, Cardiff
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Selected recent publications
2002-2001 Crafts Magazine
2001 Financial Times




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