Made For The Table

A table is laid ready for a dinner party, beautifully presented with lustrous silver, fine ceramics and glass - yet this is not a sit down dinner, but a feast for the eyes...

From serving dishes to cutlery, sculptural bread baskets and wine coasters, Made For The Table, is an exhibition that celebrates the work of contemporary silversmiths. The collection, acquired by The Goldsmiths’ Company over the last 500 years, reflects its long history of patronage. Contemporary makers including Michael Lloyd, Malcolm Appleby, Jane Short, Angela Cork, Adi Toch, Miriam Hanid and Rebecca De Quin, draw on traditional techniques to craft extraordinary contemporary tableware.

Accompanying the contemporary silverware, AVM Curiosities has curated an audio and visual interpretation of the collection. The first is a series of photographs, which take their inspiration from 17th century Dutch paintings. The Silverware Still Lives, photographed by Rosalind Atkinson and styled by Tasha Marks, balances a bounty of fruit and flora with the modern silverware designs. 

As part of the exhibition, AVM Curiosities present Silverware 7, by New York based composer, Mee, best known for her work with the Smashing Pumpkins, English National Opera and Genesis P-Orridge. Silverware 7 is a contemporary audio piece created using silverware as the percussion, alongside atmospheric sounds from the forges of master silversmiths Miriam Hanid and Rebecca De Quin. The final result is an audio track that both sounds beautiful, and has physicality to it in the making.


Made for the Table
Silverware presented by The Goldsmiths' Company
Exhibition interpretation by AVM Curiosities

Harley Gallery | Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
4 November 2017 - 7 January 2018

Ruthin Craft Centre | Ruthin, Denbighshire
3 February 2018 – 8 April 2018

The Holburne Museum | Bath, Somerset
13 April 2018 - 1 July 2018

The Goldsmiths’ Centre | London
13 July 2018 - 31 August 2018

Osterley House NT | Middlesex
5 November 2018 - 24 February 2019