David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, Clarke 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 Clarke’s 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, Clarke 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, Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK and Rhode Island School of Design. USA
Clarke was awarded the Diploma of Excellence during Scmuck Germany 1998, was a short listed finalist of the Jerwood Prize for Metals in 2005. Winner of the Sotheby’s Award 2007. Clarke has curated several installations and exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
Clarke’s work has been purchased by The Marzee Collection in the Netherlands,The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery UK, Victoria & Albert Museum London, The British Council Collection UK and The Crafts Council Collection. As well as numerous International private collections.
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
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.
2010 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.
Rosé. 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.
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
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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