'Silver Speaks: Idea to Object' at the V&A


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'Brushstroke' dish, selected for the Contemporary British Silversmiths exhibition 'Silver Speaks: Idea to Object', curated by Corinne Julius. The exhibition opened in March 2016, and runs until 2nd July 2017. In the Whiteley Silver Galleries at 'Museum of the Year', the wonderful V&A. It's a fascinating exhibition which traces how a work in silver is brought into being from the inspiration, through sketches, models, through material experimentation and construction processes, to the final piece.

Silver Speaks is a year long programme of events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Contemporary British Silversmiths (which I am currently Chair of).



Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object’




Loving Cup for the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers


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Loving cup first used at a dinner for the Lord Mayor of London in April 2016, alongside silver owned by Samuel Pepys, who was elected Master of the Company in 1677. The design is based on a Teazel flower, an emblem of the Clothworkers, as they were traditionally used to raise the knap on cloth.


Rosewater dishes unveiled in The Silversmith's Art exhibition

Angela Cork and Rauni Higson with their Rosewater dishes

Angela Cork and Rauni Higson with their Rosewater dishes


Alongside Angela Cork's beautiful dish based on sails billowing in the breeze, and Rod Kelly's stunning Jubilee dish, my 'Mountain Burn' piece, commemorating Lord Sutherland's time as Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, is on show at The Silversmith's Art exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland until January. All 3 pieces will be part of the new contemporary 'Buffet Plate', displayed at Goldsmiths' Hall for certain events. Angela and I are proud to be the first women silversmiths represented as part of the Buffet Plate. The antique version has a centrepiece by Paul De Lamerie (the greatest Silversmith in Britain in the 18thC, according to the V&A) so keep an eye on the Antiques Roadshow in about 200 year's time (it will still be on telly)!


The Silversmith's Art at the National Museum of Scotland

Very proud to be part of a fantastic exhibition of the Goldsmiths' Company collection of silver, aquired from 2000 to the present day. For more information:





Goldsmiths' Fair 2015

I exhibited in Week 1 of Goldsmiths' Fair in September. It was great to see so many friends and customers, old and new, and the quality of the work on sale was fantastic!


Goldsmiths' Fair, week two, 30th Sept-5th October, 2014

Rauni is looking forward to exhibiting in Week 2 of Goldsmiths Fair, please keep an eye on the new Goldsmiths' Fair website:



Crafted; Makers of the Exceptional exhibition at the Royal Academy, 3rd-6th April, 2014

Rauni will be exhibiting, and demonstrating the making of a 'Rivulet' beaker at the Royal Academy in London, Thursday 3rd- Saturday 6th April:


Makers of the Exceptional showcases many artists, makers and designers from the Crafted programme, so the exhibition will be a fascinating cross section of work including bespoke shoemaking, printing, furniture, weaving, watchmaking, and of course, silver. As part of the exhibition, many of the artists will be demonstrating their work.

For more information on the Crafted programme please see:



Exhibition in Denmark, 12th April- 8th June 2014

Contemporary British Silversmiths are exhibiting alongside their Danish counterparts at the stunning Koldinghus museum in Denmark:


Rauni and Abigail Brown drove over and delivered 52 pieces by members of Contemporary British Silversmiths to Denmark,  to join 20 pieces by Danish Silversmiths, and the exhibition looks set to be spectacular.


Two awards in Goldsmiths' Company Craftsmanship and Design awards

At a prestigious award ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall, Rauni picked up two awards in the Craftsmanship and Design awards in March, dubbed the 'Jewellery Oscars'. The Glacier dish, pictured below, was Commended for Craftsmanship, and jointly won the Silver award for design, with Kevin Grey.


Article in English Home magazine, Dec 2013

In the December issue of English Home magazine, there is an article on contemporary silver, featuring Rauni, along with fellow Contemporary British Silversmiths members Clive Burr, Jane Short, Alistair McCallum, Richard Fox and Shona Marsh. The article can be viewed by clicking the 'Media' tab at the bottom of this page.


Fifth piece in the Goldsmiths' Company Collection

At Goldsmiths' Fair in October 13, the 'Glacier (I)' dish was purchased for the Goldsmiths' Company Collection

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Goldsmiths' Fair, week 2, 1st-6th October, 2013

Rauni will be exhibiting in Week 2 of Goldsmiths' Fair 2013. In addition to showing new pieces, Rauni will have the Erddig Sweet Pea beaker on display, as a work in progress. The beaker is the Prize in a free draw for visitors to Erddig for the duration of the Studio Silver Today exhibition. The draw will take place on 2nd November, 2013.



Christie's: Contemporary Silver, a Selling Exhibition

29th July-5th September, 2013

Christie's showcase Contemporary Silver (for the first time), in collaboration with Contemporary British Silversmiths. A terrific exhibition, also on display is the Downing Street Silver Collection.  Proud to announce my pair of 'Rivulet' beakers sold on the first day!



'The Mighty Metalsmith' exhibition

Rauni will be exhibiting at Kath Libbert's Gallery, Saltsmill, Saltaire, Bradford, as part of 'The Mighty Metalsmith' exhibition, 23rd May-7th July, 2013. Rauni will be giving a talk about her work on Sunday 9th June.


Exhibiting at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh

Rauni will be exhibiting in the exhibition hall at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh this year, 3rd-10th August, 2013.


Studio Silver Today at Erddig, Wrexham

Rauni will be 'Silversmith in residence' at Erddig, a National Trust house near Wrexham, from 9th March -2nd November 2013. Sponsored by the Goldsmiths' Company, Studio Silver Today is an exhibition to broaden awareness of contemporary silver. Rauni will be working at Erddig on most Saturdays, demonstrating traditional silvermithing techniques whilst producing a beautiful contemporary beaker. When finished, the beaker will be placed in a Prize Draw for a lucky visitor to win.

Watch the video here:


Rauni will be demonstrating every Saturday until 2nd November, except 10th August, and 5th October.

(Unfortunately the dates were erroneously printed in the Daily Post, these are the correct dates)


Goldsmiths' Fair 2012

Rauni will be exhibiting in week 2 of Goldsmiths' Fair, 2nd-7th October, showcasing new work, including silver vases, and beakers. It's her 6th year at the Fair, and the Fair's 30th Anniversary, which is bound to be a good do!

For more info see Goldsmiths' Fair 2012


First Prize in Lewton Brain Fold-form Award 2012

Rauni won first prize in the inaugural 'Lewton Brain Fold-form Award', for her 'Undersea' Candelabra. It's an international award for work incorporating the technique of Fold-forming. A real honour to be recognized by the distinguished panel and the originator of the technique, Charles Lewton Brain.

More info at the Center for Metal Arts


National Eisteddfod, 4th-11th August 2012

Rauni will be exhibiting exciting new work at the National Eisteddfod, Vale of Glamorgan, 4th to 11th August. Rauni was supported by the Arts Council of Wales to create some sculptural body pieces based on 'Growth Patterns in Motion', which will be showcased at her stand in the Exhibition Hall, along with new jewellery pieces.

For more info see: http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/english



'Great' Britain Olympics exhibition at British Business Embassy

The Crafts Council have curated an exhibition of the best UK makers as part of the Government 'Great' campaign. Rauni's 'Spindrift' ladles are included in the display at Lancaster House, the British Business Embassy for the duration of the Olympics, 23rd July-9th September.


For more information: https://www.britishbusinessembassy.com






British Craft Trade Fair 2012

15th-17th April, Harrogate.

Please note, this is a Trade fair, and not open to the general public.

For more details see www.bctf.co.uk


The Contemporary Craft Festival 2012

15th-17th June, Bovey Tracey.

Rauni will have a stand at this excellent event, which makes a great day out. Lots of interesting demos and activities to take part in, alongside a fantastic range of top contemporary craft.

For more details see www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk


Penygroes Christmas Fayre / Ffair Nadolig Penygroes

Saturday 10th December, 2011, 12-5pm.

A community Christmas Fayre, including fairground rides and locally produced food, drink and quality crafts. The event will be filmed as part of a 3 part series, 'Mel a Nia' for S4C. Should be a good day out!

See their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/penygroes?ref=ts


Goldsmiths' Fair, 2011

Rauni will be exhibiting in week 2 of Goldsmiths’ Fair, 4th-9th October, 2011, showcasing new Silversmithing work.

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Walpole Press Day at Somerset House, 30th June, 2011

Rauni will be exhibiting alongside the other Crafted mentees.

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