There’s a very grand exhibition space in the entrance to Goldsmiths’ Hall in London and their latest show opened today – Hiroshi Suzuki’s Silver Waves.
Japanese silversmith Suzuki takes large silver sheets and beats them into beautiful, sculptural shapes with a hammer. The huge silver vases and bowls gleam in the cabinets. Inspired by nature, the pieces feature repeats of patterns found in the natural world; ripples, waves and curves. Suzuki creates from inspiration and intuition, rather than pre-planning.
Many of the pieces are now in private collections and have been loaned for the exhibition so it’s a unique opportunity to see so many pieces together. They chart Suzuki’s career from the Royal College of Art in 1994 to today. There is also new work which has been created for this exhibition.
Suzuki talked me through some of his earlier pieces, explaining how the shapes evolved as he tested different techniques and saw how far he could push them. His father and grandfather were craftsmen and made traditional baskets which were a similar shape, but his are a more modern version!
Some of my favourite pieces were the bowls with different patterns on the inside and outside. These were created as two separate bowls, one decorated on the outside, one on the inside and joined together at the rim.
The Goldsmiths’ Company are officially responsible for testing the quality of silver and gold, so they know something good when they see it. Hiroshi’s work is so highly regarded that the two talks arranged for this exhibition have already booked up.
The exhibition runs to 6 March and is free, so there’s no excuse not to pop in! www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk