Our regular programme of Walks, Talks and Events is for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the rich history and legacy of the Huguenots in Spitalfields and further afield.
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Huguenot Silver: A Silversmith’s Perspective Zoom Lecture
October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Miriam Hanid, artist silversmith, on a journey into the world of Huguenot silverware. Learn how historic pieces were made by some of the greatest working silversmiths at the time, and how silver was in daily use in aristocrats’ and merchants’ homes. Discover more about the then popular silversmithing techniques of chasing, hand engraving and raising, which centuries later are still applied and indeed extended in Miriam’s award winning sculptural silverware.
Miriam designs and makes sculptural silver, inspired by movement and nature, especially water. Using her signature chasing and engraving techniques she creates organic, tactile shapes from complex, detailed smaller vessels to bold centrepieces. Some works are purely decorative while most also have a practical purpose. Commissions involve a close dialogue with clients.
Miriam also enjoys creating speculative pieces drawn from her own ideas; exploring new territory, and seeking out innovative concepts and processes. Her bespoke silverware is in private and public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Eton College, the Goldsmiths’ Company, The Clothworkers’ Company and the National Museum of Wales.