Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch


School of Jewellery, Birmingham






Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch

Celebrating Contemporary British Fine Metalwork

17 October 2019

School of Jewellery, Birmingham

Please join us at the launch of the innovative new ebook Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. During the event you will have the chance to hear, question and meet some of the internationally renowned designer-makers who feature in the book.

The event special is part of the Talking Practice lecture series at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Jewellery, to be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 October.

A BCU e-book by Kenneth Quickenden and Lee Hewett, entitled Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork, will be launched. This covers the renaissance of the craft from the 1970s, featuring innovative designer-makers who have produced an unprecedentedly wide range of work, and who have earned a strong international reputation.

Following the launch, David Clarke, our lively guest speaker and controversial metal artist who features strongly in the ebook will reflect upon that, his own work and his experience of the craft.

Other innovative makers, Kevin Grey, Anna Lorenz, and Delyth Done will also join a discussion session, involving audience participation. The session will be chaired by Sian Hindle.

The second part of the evening will involve using iPads to interact with the e-book in small groups,  as well as conversation, wine and nibbles.

The Book

The book will be available to buy and view during the event and you will also meet the authors Lee Hewett and Kenneth Quickenden. 

Links for purchasing the e-book will be available during the evening. It will appear on-line first on iBooks (an Apple platform designed to work on iPads). A downloadable version for other platforms (Android/ Windows) will later be available from a dedicated website.

The e-book is priced at £5 and contains roughly 70,000 words and 230 still and moving images


17 October 2019


5.00pm - 7.00pm


School of Jewellery, Birmingham


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Refreshments will be provided.


Kenneth Quickenden

Formerly Professor and Head of the School of Theoretical and Historical Studies, and Heritage Jewellery Professor, both at Birmingham City University. Publications have mainly been on contemporary jewellery and fine metalwork and on eighteenth century silver and allied trades.

Lee Hewett

Lee is an artist, designer, researcher and lecturer who works across a range of disciplines including sculpture, books/publications, photography and moving image. Lee has worked on a range of funded research projects, edited journals and also has teaching experience covering a broad range of levels and subject areas including Fine Art, Art and Design and MA.

David Clarke

David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Producing a wealth of covetable objects, pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing and metalwork.

Kevin Grey

Kevin creates unique pieces that use, almost exclusively, TIG welding techniques to join individual formed pieces of metal. In his current work these are hand cut strips of silver which are combined with raised forms.

Anna Lorenz

Apprenticed in Germany, subsequently a student and currently a lecturer in metalwork and jewellery at Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery

Delyth Done

Delyth Done, Hereford College of Arts, course leader for BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing and MA Contemporary Crafts, with an international reputation in artist blacksmithing.

Sian Hindle

Sian facilitates the School of Jewellery’s Talking Practice lecture series, and leads the MA Jewellery and Related Products course. Her creative practice centres on drawing, and she is completing a PhD on the wearing of jewellery.

Image credits:

Kevin Grey Sinew Black Bowl, 2009, oxidised Argentium silver, diametre 150mms, private collection, photo David Withycombe

Anna Lorenz and friend, Oculus 365, School of Art, 2013, stainless steel frames, sandwiched contact lenses, nylon thread, 120cms x 120 cms x 180cms high, photo Graham Hughes

David Clarke, Dead on Arrival, 2011, sterling silver and lead, 18cms x 18cms, Rohsska Museum, Gotenberg, photo David Clarke