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Miriam Hanid

Miriam Hanid Silversmith
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Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7737406513
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Painting in metal

  • • Silversmithing reflects Miriam's passion for painting and 3D design
  • • Her earliest memory of creating dates from when she was four years old
  • • She has studied with masters Malcolm Appleby and Rod Kelly

Silversmithing runs in Miriam Hanid's family. Her great grandfather was a silversmith and gunsmith in Nairobi, Kenya, and made two gifts for Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Exactly 60 years later Miriam, who by then was an award-winning silversmith with a well established practice, was commissioned to create a silver gift for Her Majesty to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Miriam's work is both sculptural and organic in nature and form, often inspired by water and movement. Chasing and repoussé are the techniques that she is best known for. Her silver pieces are often formed by setting them in pitch, a substance made from bitumen, as well as through hammering and engraving, which create additional reliefs, surface patterns and textures.

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Works

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Photo: © Miriam Hanid
Acacia tumbler

This tumbler was hand-raised from a sheet of silver, then chased and engraved with a design representing acacia pods and leaves that Miriam documented while travelling through Morocco. The sunlight reflecting off the vegetation inspired her to gild some elements. This blend of finishes, together with Miriam’s approach to fine detailing, has been integrated into much of her work, contributing towards her signature style.

Height 8.5 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Miriam Hanid Silversmith
Photo: © Miriam Hanid
Birds In Flight vase

The inspiration for the engravings on this hand-raised vase came from the landscape of the Suffolk coast, around Miriam’s studio. The crashing, tumbling waves, the ebb and flow of the tides, sea breezes and seascapes all helped to shape this piece, which evokes a harmonious sense of movement. Seabirds glide in and out of the spume beneath the clouds. The dynamic beauty of water and all that surrounds it often figures in Miriam’s work.

Height 19.5 cm
Diameter 15 cm

Miriam Hanid Silversmith
Photo: © Miriam Hanid
Cascade jug

Crafted from two silver alloys, this jug was hand-raised, chased and engraved. It was originally commissioned by furniture designer John Makepeace, and another piece was subsequently created for the Modern Collection of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The design was inspired by the flow of water and its dynamic patterns. The shape also ensures graceful and efficient pouring.

Height 28 cm
Diameter 18 cm

Miriam Hanid Silversmith
Photo: © Miriam Hanid
Japanese Waves beaker

This hand-raised and chased beaker is part of a set commissioned over three years for a client’s six grandchildren. The design of each beaker incorporates engraved initials and dates of birth. The boldly chased curling waves and the curvaceous form of the beaker create a particularly pleasant tactile effect.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 7 cm

Miriam Hanid Silversmith
Photo: © Miriam Hanid
Lion tumbler

Commissioned by a client whose name translates as 'Lion', this hand-raised and chased tumbler is larger than Miriam’s usual designs and can also be used as a bowl. The engravings were inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, notably the sun god Ra, and the bold style of hieroglyphics when carved in high relief.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 9 cm

Miriam Hanid Silversmith

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