Hand-spun Copper, Brass and Silver Vessels


With her exhibition pieces, Claire Mooney wanted to acknowledge the journey to silver and in doing so, highlight brass and copper bowls through decoratively applied gold leaf. This would enhance their value, draw attention to their features and showcase them as an essential stepping stone towards silver. The application of gold leaf, patination and finishes of the bowls would also be informed by elements from the Mourne landscape where her workshop is based and the pieces were produced.

Recently to Claire, her journey towards and in silver has been turbulent and ever changing which this collection of small bowls demonstrates.

These bowls are priced individually £60 – £325, please contact the gallery for more details.

Artist Bio

Claire Mooney is a silversmith and artist based near Annalong; at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Rural life and the landscapes she grew up around have a strong influence on her practice, something explored through the use of texture, form and material in her metalwork.

Her work uses traditional silversmithing techniques to explore heritage, landscape and folklore. Claire has a particular interest in metal spinning, silver spinning being listed as an endangered craft on Heritage Crafts Red List.

As part of Journeys in Silver, Claire takes part in this exhibition with several spun vessels including copper and brass small bowls which were produced prior to moving onto sterling silver within her recent training with Warren Martin, supported by the Heritage Crafts and Royal Mint Precious Metals Bursary. As much as silver is integral to her practice as a silversmith it is often the final stage of the learning and idea development process.