British Silver Week returns in 2011

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Few days left to view exhibition at Pangolin in London.

British Silver Week has returned for the fourth year with a striking display of contemporary silversmithing at the Pangolin gallery in London.

The Festival of Silver exhibition opened on Monday and will run until Friday, May 13, with each day offering visitors a different display.

On Monday all 100 participating designers showed off their wares, on Tuesday it was the Masters Day with 20 designers showing off traditional skills and today the exhibition has a focus on decorative silver, engraving and enamel with work from the likes of Cartier Award-winning enameller Fred Rich.

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Still to come is a focus on new silversmiths and a dedicated day for commissions. Tomorrow the exhibition will feature what British Silver Week has called its Rising Stars with 24 collections of up-and-coming silversmiths. The on Friday, the final day of the exhibition, contemporary silver collections, including the Pearson Collection, one of Britain’s largest post-war silver collections, will be on show together with the work of 15 master silversmiths who will discuss their work and commissioning silverware.

Steve Wager is one of the silversmiths who will take part in the finale of the exhibition. Speaking of this most revered silversmith, British Silver Week organiser Gordon Hamme said: "Steve Wager is a fascinating man with over 25 years experience at the great Asprey workshop in London, making for sultans and kings. He can raise a bar of silver into a work of art just using traditional hammers and simple files, one of the truly great modern craftsmen."

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