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Ryan McClean

Ryan McClean Silversmith
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English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7733103034
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Breaking the mould

  • • Ryan's sources of inspiration are nature, science and maths
  • • He trained with masters Rod Kelly and Malcom Appleby
  • • He combines traditional skills with innovative technologies

At school, when he was told by teachers that he couldn’t do something, Ryan McClean set out to demonstrate that he could. This is the determination that now, as a silversmith, pushes him to create objects using unusual and daring techniques. For example, his Ballistic beakers, cups in pure silver 999 with gold plated interiors, are shot bottom-first at a rock using a technique he calls 'propane forming', so their bases crumple on impact. Ryan has always been fascinated by nature. From his Sheffield workshop he designs pieces based on the study of the natural world and the science behind pattern formation such as golden ratio, fractals and microscopic images.

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Works

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Finned bowl

This fine silver bowl with a regular undulated surface design was computer-designed and 3D printed. The print was then electroplated on the exterior and the plastic dissolved to leave the silver shell. Ryan draws his inspiration from natural shapes, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence. In this way, the bowl evokes a sense of proximity and familiarity with nature using a mathematical construction.

Height 6 cm
Diameter 13 cm

Ryan McClean Silversmith
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Black and gold fractal bowl

This fine silver bowl with a regular undulated surface design was computer-designed, 3D-printed and electroformed. Ryan draws his inspiration from natural shapes, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence. In this way, the bowl evokes a sense of proximity and familiarity with nature using a mathematical construction.

Height 6.5 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Ryan McClean Silversmith
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Snowflake candlesticks

Ryan used 3D technology for the creation of this pair of silver candlesticks, electroplating the plastic mould then melting it to leave the shell. His inspiration comes from fractals, the Fibonacci sequence and natural shapes, the designs based on mathematical constructions to evoke a sense of proximity and familiarity with nature.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Ryan McClean Silversmith
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Fractal vase

This silver vase with a regular swirling surface design was formed using 3D printing to make the mould, which was subsequently electroplated. Ryan draws his inspiration from natural shapes, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence. In this way, the vase evokes a sense of proximity and familiarity with nature using a mathematical construction.

Height 30 cm
Diameter 14 cm

Ryan McClean Silversmith
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Fractal sunflower bowl

This fine silver bowl with a fluted surface was computer-designed and electroformed over a 3D-printed mould. Ryan drew his inspiration for the bowl from the shape of a sunflower, fractals and the Fibonacci sequence. In this way, the bowl evokes a sense of proximity and familiarity with nature using a mathematical construction.

Height 13 cm
Diameter 23 cm

Ryan McClean Silversmith

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