Kevin Grey


Kevin’s aim is to make work where beauty is expressed in simplicity of form, line and volume, achieving a decorative quality through the repetition of simple elements. Kevin creates unique pieces that use, almost exclusively, laser and TIG welding techniques to join individual formed pieces of metal. In his current work these are hand cut strips of silver which are combined with raised forms.

For twenty five years he worked within the luxury automotive industry, hand-making bespoke pieces for Rolls Royce, Bentley and the Morgan Motor Company. Kevin’s accumulated knowledge of traditional skills passed on through the trade, coupled with new technologies and production processes, has provided an approach to making that extends beyond and complements the traditions of silversmithing.

After completing an HND in Jewellery & Silversmithing at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery he was invited to join the Artist in Residence programme at the school from September 2009. Kevin’s creative design process invariably leads to a technical challenge which he enjoys resolving and welcomes opportunities to work to commission.

“The first pieces I made explored how form could be created using strips - like the combination of sinews and muscle tissue. These strips are welded to hand raised pieces creating 3 dimensional forms. Although a preconceived form, the decisions governing the placing and joining of the strips is inevitably carried out as part of the making. The inner shell, liner or flat edge pieces are hand raised - presenting a smoother surface. As my work has developed it is the resulting dramatic edge where these two making processes join which has become an area or particular interest to me. Highly visual, appealing and startling - the point at which a form that is visually appealing is cut off, scooped out or amputated to expose this edge continues to play a central role in the work I make.”

Education
2007-09
 HND Jewellery and Silversmithing, School of Jewellery, Birmingham.
1983-88  Craft Apprenticeship, Mathew Boulton College, Birmingham.

Awards
2011
 P&O Makower - National Museum Wales Silver Commission
2010  Winner of Jewellery Quarter Silver Commission Competition, Birmingham
2010  Goldsmiths’ Crafts and Design Council Awards:
The Goldsmiths Company Award
Gold - Technological Innovation Award (3D)
Silver - (3D) Design Silversmiths;
Commended - Silversmiths Senior.
2009  1st Prize New Technology Award, The Goldsmiths Company.
Grants for Arts Awards, Arts Council England Development Grant
2009  Regents SIlver Award
2008  Certificate of Merit, British Jewellers Association

Exhibitions
2012 
Made in the Middle - Mac & National Centre for Design & Crafts
Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths Hall
British Silver Week - Kuala Lumpar & Penang
John Higgins Contemporary Silver, Lindfield, Sussex
Rising Stars - British Silver Week, Pangolin Gallery London
Silverstruck, Ruthin Craft Centre and then National Museum Wales
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Goldsmiths’ Fair, Goldsmiths’ Hall.
John Higgins Contemporary Silver, Lindfield, Sussex
Payne & Sons, Oxford.
2010  Cox & Power, London.
Airspace - School of Jewellery, Birmingham.
Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, Craft and Design Awards, Goldsmiths Hall.
2009  Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design council, Craft and Design Awards, Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Collections
Filière, 2010 
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Collections
Liston Bowl, 2011
Modern Collection, Goldsmithsʼ Company, London

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