Sian Matthews


English silversmith Siân Matthews references both past and present aesthetics in her award winning silverware.  Designs focus on the literal combination of ‘form and decoration', traditional decorative patterns are fused with contemporary minimal forms.  From research into traditional prints, carried out at her studies at the Royal College of Art, Siân creates patterns that become integral to the work in both a two and three-dimensional presence.  Patterns are designed to blanket the surface of three-dimensional forms.  Equally elements selected from the signature pattern evolve onto functional aesthetics, and become the physical form of the piece.
Siân designs and makes her silverware to be used, treasured and enjoyed in interiors today.  


Education 
2003 - 2005, MA, Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery. Royal College of Art.
2000 - 2003, First Class BA Honours, Designed Metalwork and Jewellery.  Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
2003, Study Exchange, ARCO, Lisbon.
1999 - 2000, National Diploma, Foundation Art and Design, Swindon College of Art and Design.


Exhibitions 
2009 ‘Goldsmiths’ Fair 2009’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
2009 ‘Silver With A Pinch Of Salt’ Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
2009 ‘Home Sweet Home’ V&A Friday Late, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
2008 ‘British Silver Week’, B. Silverman,  London .
2008 ‘Thomas Lyte Award Showcase at Origin : The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House, London.
2008 ‘Goldsmiths’ Fair 2006’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
2008 ‘British Silver Week’, Hamilton and Inches,  London and Edinburgh.
2008 ‘British Silver Week’, Payne and Son Ltd, Kent.
2008 ‘Silver:wear’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
2008 ‘Simply Silver’, City Art Gallery, Leeds.
2008 ‘FORM’, Olympia, London.
2007 ‘Handmade in Britain’, Chelsea Town Hall, London.
2007 ‘Goldsmiths’ Fair 2006’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
2007 ‘Origin : The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House, London.
2007 ‘Dazzle’, National Theatre, London.
2007 ‘FORM’, Olympia, London.
2007 ‘Domestic Bliss’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
2007 ‘Textile Illusion’, Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany.
2006 ‘Goldsmiths’ Fair 2006’, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
2006 ‘Origin : The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House, London.
2006 ‘Take Me Home’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2006 ‘All I Want’, London Print Studio, London.
2006 ‘Midcentury.Modern’, Bexhill on Sea.
2006 ‘In the Window’, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
2006 ‘The Metal Collection’, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
2006 ‘Floral’ Twist Art and Design, London.
2006 ‘BADA Fair 2006’, with the Metal Gallery, London.
2005 ‘Feast’, Mint, London.
2005 ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair 2005’, London.
2005 ‘Theo Fennell Prize Winners Exhibition’, London.
2005 ‘DKNY New Designers’, DKNY, London.
2005 ‘The Watkins Era’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2005 ‘Bishopsland Retrospective’, The Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Centre, Reading.
2005 ‘Like Nowhere Else’, The Royal College of Art MA Show, London.
2005 ‘New Designers’ Business Design Centre, London
2004 ‘Mo-Billy’, The Milan Furniture Fair, Milan.
2004 ‘Baby Tonight’ and ‘One on One’ The Royal College of Art, London.
2004 ‘Pewter Live - Retrospective’, Pewterers’ Hall, London.
2003 ‘New Designers’, Business Design Centre, London.
2003 ‘Ignition’, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe.
2002 ‘The Best of the Best’, British Jewellery Association, Earls Court, London.


Awards
2008 Runner up for the ‘Thomas Lyte Modern Heritage Award’ .
2008 Focus in Grand Designs Magazine, July edition.
2006 Goldsmiths’ Fair Bursary.
2005 Short listed for ‘Homes and Property - Best Domestic Product Award’.
2005 DKNY New Designer award.
2005 Theo Fennell Award for Best Silver.
2005 Armourers and Braziers’ Company Prize.
2005 Awarded The South Square Trust Bursary
 

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