Alan Craxford

Alan Craxford is well-known for his highly individual application of hand engraving on precious metal, both jewellery and larger silver pieces. His work frequently tells a story or spins a tale of magic and wonder: the stars, the moon, the cosmos are favourite inspirations for his genuinely precious and dazzling one-off pieces.

Craxford’s work expresses a strong sense of colour and unusual surface decoration, in its use of a wide range of precious and semi-precious stones and enamels. When used with the brilliant light-reflective quality of hand engraving, this combination of materials creates work immediately recognisable as an “Alan Craxford piece”.

Also unique is his concern for symbolic subject matter linking the great spiritual traditions of east and west. It draws collectors and individuals to acquire and commission work especially when looking to mark a significant occasion. To draw out the meaning for a client and to express it in the metal is crucial to what Craxford hopes to achieve.

Working constantly for over 40 years, all of Craxford’s work is known for its very high standard of execution and finish. This reflects the impossible search for perfection which gives a very particular intensity to every piece.


  • 1946 Birmingham


  • 1974-75 Studied engraving under Fred Fryer and Stan Reece, Sir John Cass, London
  • 1973-74 Studied enamelling under Pat Furse, Central School of Art and Design, London
  • 1963-67 Silversmithing and Industrial Design (vocational course), Canterbury College of Art


  • 2016 Freeman of the City of London
  • 2011-present Vice Chair and Exhibitions organiser, Hand Engraving Association of Great Britain
  • 2007-11 Elected Chair, Hand Engraving Association of Great Britain
  • 1990 Freeman of the Goldsmith’s Company

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 Alan Craxford at 70, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2016 70th Birthday Celebration Showcase, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2016 The Dark Side and Erin O’Connor Selects, Goldsmiths' Fair, London
  • 2015 The Clockmakers' Museum opening, HEA Paperweight Project display, Science Museum, London
  • 2014 Design Shanghai, with Contemporary Applied Arts
  • 2013 White Out, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2013 The Paperweight Project for the HEA, The Clockmakers' Museum, London
  • 2011 Treasure, Goldsmiths' Company, London Jewellery Week
  • 2011 British Silver Week, London
  • 2011 Past, Present and Future - Electrum at 40, Electrum Gallery, London
  • 2011 A Sparkling Proposal, Electrum Gallery, London
  • 2009 Jewellery - What’s it All About, curated by Barbara Cartlidge, Electrum Gallery, London
  • 2009 Transformations, Solo exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2009 Silver with a Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 2008 British Silver Week, Hamilton and Inches, London
  • 2008 Fresh Forms, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
  • 2007 Solo exhibition of new silver vessels, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2005 On the cuff, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 2004 Looking over my Shoulder, 20th anniversary exhibition, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
  • 2004 Jewellery Unlimited, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
  • 2004 Collect, V&A Museum, London
  • 2003 Art as a Jewel, Metal Gallery, Mount Street, London
  • 2003 Love Story, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 2002 European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery, Château of Seneffe, Belgium
  • 2001 Solo Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2001 The British are Coming, Elleard B Heffern Inc., St Louis, USA
  • 2000 Silver 2000, Crafts Council Shop at V&A Museum
  • 1999 Contemporary British Silver, Lane Crawford Department Store, Hong Kong
  • 1999 One Man Exhibition, Oxford Gallery, Oxford
  • 1999 The Art of Cutlery, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 1998 Tea and Silver, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 1996 Hilde Leiss Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1995 Herbst Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1994 What is Jewellery? Exhibition curated by David Poston, Crafts Council Gallery, London
  • 1994 Chain Reaction, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1994 One Man Exhibition, Electrum Gallery, London
  • 1993 The Eye of the Heart, Cecil Collins memorial exhibition, Central Saint Martins, London Institute, London
  • 1993 From Paper to Platinum, Lesley Craze Gallery, London
  • 1992 British Goldsmiths of Today, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 1990 Chelsea Comes to California, Orange County, California
  • 1986 Precious Elements, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
  • 1985 Alan Craxford - Jeweller, V&A Museum, London

Selected Publications

  • 2016 Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery, Arnoldsche
  • 2009 Transformations - catalogue for Solo Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2004 Featured in 10th anniversary edition of FT’s How to spend it, November
  • 2002 European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery, catalogue
  • 2001 Alan Craxford Jeweller – Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2000 Jewels and Jewellery by Clare Phillips, V&A publication
  • 1999 Alan Craxford, Master Jeweller, with essay by critic Marina Vaizey
  • 1999 Art of Cutlery, Catalogue, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths


  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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