The Goldsmiths’ Company, in collaboration with the National Trust is hosting an exciting capsule exhibition ‘Studio Silver Today’ at Erddig House in North Wales, one of Britain’s finest 18th century country houses.
The exhibition, which opens on Friday March 9 (until November 2), focuses on the work of local silversmith Rauni Higson, who lives and works in a converted chapel in Snowdonia. Rauni’s highly sculptural silver is inspired by the beauty of the Welsh countryside.
As well as showing a dynamic and fully representative display of Rauni’s work, part of the installation of the exhibition in the Print Room at Erddig includes her silversmiths’ workbench, complete with tools and equipment.
As ‘artist in residence’ on specified Saturdays throughout the duration of the show Rauni will be present to talk to visitors about her work and demonstrate her skills.
One of the pieces she will be working on is a beaker inspired by sweet peas, which have long been cultivated in the glorious gardens at Erddig.
It was a modest silver bowl decorated with a design of sweet peas presented in 1903 to the Squire and his gardener for their award winning sweet peas that drew Rauni’s attention to Erddig’s romantic sweet pea connection.
When finished the stunning beaker, which has been specially commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company, will be offered as a prize in a draw open to any visitors to the house and exhibition.
Studio Silver Today
From Saturday March 9 – Saturday November 2, 2013 At Erddig House, Wrexham, LL13 0YT. Telephone: 01978 355314
Please check website for opening times and to see on which Saturday’s Rauni will be ‘in residence’.