David Clarke

The conservativeness of silversmithing 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.

Born 1967 Nottingham

1995-1997 MA by project; studying the production of domestic silverware, Royal College of Art
1989-1993 BA 3D design, majoring in silversmithing and metalwork, Camberwell College of Art

2007 The Sotherbys Award at Collect.
2005 The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal 2005 shortlisted finalist.
2002 The Woo Charitable Foundation awarded bursary.
1999 The Crafts Council Setting Up Grant.
1998 Diploma of Excellence.Talente, Germany.

Selected exhibitions
2008 ‘Leading Lights’.Swalesdale Museum, UK
‘10 Years Innit!’. Barrett Marsden, London
‘Think Tank’. Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden
‘Gravity’. Gustavsbergs Konsthall Stockholm
2005-2008 ‘Collect’. represented by Galerie SO Switzerland
2007 ‘Containing Craft’. V&A Museum, London
 ‘New Silver’.Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
 ‘Hue, Line, Form’. CAA, London
2006-2007 The Everyday.Flow Gallery then touring UK
2005 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Metal. touring UK
David Watkins and his students.CAA, London
2005 Celebrating 30 Years of Crafts.V&A Museum, London
2004 Creation. The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Solo exhibitions
2007 Solo.’Tat Moderne’ Galerie SO, Switzerland
Solo Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands

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




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