Fred Rich Enamel Design at RHS Garden Wisley 3-7 May 2018

This should be a wonderful event with over 200 designer makers showing their work, plus 30 demonstrating artists and a food village, in addition of course to the amazing RHS gardens. We will be part of a group of contemporary silversmiths displaying their work in the state-of-the-art glasshouse, where we will have a selection of our enamelled silverware, and one or two pieces of our 18ct gold enamelled jewellery.

Further information about the event can be found at craftinfocus.com

 

Fred Rich at Collect 2018

Street Tweets II reflects the hustle and bustle of busy London pavements, and especially the annoyance of people engrossed on their phones (note the headphones in gold). Made in silver, the enamelled sections are applied fine silver, to which 22ct gold wire is soldered to the edges, and the silver is then hand carved and enamelled. 18ct gold wire and silver wires are applied to the background, and the background has been hand carved to give the piece extra depth.

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Master of Culinary Arts Medals

Inaugurated in 1987, the Master of Culinary Arts is held every four years and is seen to be the ultimate accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding craftsmanship, for Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Restaurant Managers in the UK. Inspired by Michel Bourdin, then Chef de Cuisine at The Connaught and supported by Albert and Michel Roux OBEs the MCA was based on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) and was originally known as the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne.

The award of Master of Culinary Arts is conferred on those who have displayed mastery of the complex and specialised knowledge and skills in culinary arts which are required to be a first class chef, pastry chef, or for restaurant management and service. The holder of the Master of Culinary Arts is able to prove advanced technical skill and professional ability; accept accountability for their decision-making; contribute to supervision and management; demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the principles of sustainability and the viability of our food sources throughout the scope of the food chain; demonstrate leadership and support the development of others; and act in the best interests of the culinary arts profession.

Hidden Hedgerows Beaker

This is the latest piece Fred has produced, in tandem with the oil painting as mention in our previous news post. This beautiful silver and enamel beaker is a complex weave of the amazing colours that can be seen in the hedgerows when walking through the countryside. Fred didn’t want to be too pictorial and so this is more to do with veiled details – a tangled mass of nature revealing hidden textures and pattern and colours where you least expect them.

The oil painting and enamelled beaker, as artworks, perform perfectly well on their own, and Fred was unsure how they would look together, however we are delighted to say that there is a real dynamic between them and the beaker really sings when near the painting.

They will look fantastic amongst the contemporary furniture and silverware at Inspired 2017 from 3 – 6 May at the Goldsmiths Centre London EC1M 5AD.

 

 

Inspired 2017 Goldsmiths Centre 3 – 6 May

Hidden Hedgerows is the result of an interesting project to create a painting and a piece of enamelled silver in tandem, ie. working on the two independently over a period of time. Fred formulated his ideas, based on hedgerows, in a small watercolour, and from this he created an enamelled beaker and a larger scale oil painting.

Both the oil painting and enamelled beaker will form part of an eye catching selling exhibition of contemporary furniture and silverware to be held at The Goldsmiths Centre, London EC1m 5AD, next week from 3 – 6 May. Facebook @FestivalOfSilver    festivalofsilver.co.uk.

Fred Rich launches new website

We are delighted to launch our new website, beautifully designed and constructed by Richard Webb of Webb London. We were a little daunted at the thought of putting together a new site, with so many images to include, but Richard listened to what we wanted, put forward many helpful suggestions and tips, and we think the result is brilliant. We hope you do too!

Hendrix & Clapton Tankards

Fred has recently completed this stunning commission, a pair of one pint tankards, celebrating Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton through a depiction of some of their iconic guitars, including ‘Blackie’, ‘Ivan the Terrible’, and ‘Love Drops’.

You can see this piece being fired in our video here.