Goldsmiths’ Company introduces new Prime Warden

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Silversmith Hector Miller takes role following traditional service.

The Goldsmiths’ Company has welcomed a new Prime Warden, the acclaimed British silversmith Hector Miller, following the traditional company service on Wednesday May 18.

Following a ceremony held at St Vedast’s Church in the City of London, Miller is the new Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He will lead the company, with limited time for his silversmithing over the ensuing months. He will, however, be part of the landmark opening of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, an initiative in which Miller has played a key role since its inception in 2006.

Miller chose a career in three-dimensional design and metalwork, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1971. He worked for several silversmiths before establishing his own successful company in 1974. Based in a workshop in Camden Town, which formerly belonged to another renowned silversmith, Leslie Durbin, Miller is today regarded as one of the country’s leading designer silversmiths.

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s summer exhibition Mindful of Silver, which opens at Goldsmiths’ Hall on May 27 and is the first major event of his Prime Warden’s year, is Miller’s initiative and summarises much of his design and creative ethos.
In this exciting and stimulating exhibition, Hector’s work is shown alongside that of 11 other leading British silversmiths in a way which challenges perceptions of the modern day silversmith.

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The show, curated by Julie Chamberlain, features a vessel made by each of the featured silversmiths. The 12 vessels are therefore pivotal in helping to illustrate the intellectual and practical design process involved in the making of innovative, design-led contemporary silver.

Hector explains; “As a designer I am often asked where ideas come from. Mindful of Silver presents some of the creative processes that prompt new work and demonstrates the varied ways in which I, and fellow exhibitors, arrive at our own unique solutions to the challenge of a commission.”

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