David Clarke

David Clarke is often cited as one of Britainís most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, David has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British Silversmithing. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects.

The aesthetic most often associated with Clarkeís work relates to the subversive nature in which he responds to the entrenched traditions of Silversmithing, often taking it to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately sets Clarke apart. 

Alongside his own practice, David has also been associate lecturer at; Konstfack, Sweden. South-Carelian Polytechnic Lappeenranta, Finland, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, Pforzheim School of Design, Germany, The Royal College of Art, London and in 2011 RISD USA.  Clarke has curated several installations and exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

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

2010 Jerwood Contemporary Maker.
2007 The Sothebys 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
 Jerwood Contemporary Makers. Jerwood Space
Collect. Represented by Galerie SO since 05.
SOFA New York. Represented by CAA, London.
2009 UK/OK, British Council touring. Oklahoma, USA.
Rosť. Galerie Rosemarie Jaeger. Germany.
The Revivalists. Curated Max Fraser CAA, London.
2008 10 Years Innit!. Barrett Marsden, London.
Think Tank. Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden.
Gravity. Gustavsbergs Konsthall Stockholm.
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.
Celebrating 30 Years of Crafts.V&A Museum, London.

Solo exhibitions
2007 Tat Modern, Galerie SO, Switzerland.
Cut and Shut, Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands.

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

60|40. Founder member with Clare Twomey and Tracey Rowledge.
The Cake Committee. A group of obsessive bakers, we bake with an insane amount of attention and madness.




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