Inspired by the landscape of Snowdonia
Rauni Higson is one of Britain’s leading silversmiths. Originally trained in Finland, her studio is located in the dramatic landscape of Snowdonia, a rich backdrop of mountainous crags and rugged coastline that informs her work. All her pieces are made by hand and by hammer, using her contemporary interpretation of traditional skills.
For more insight, please see Culture Colony’s film ‘Targeted Force’ below, about Rauni’s Creative Wales adventure:
The Goldsmiths’ Company
In 2015, Rauni was one of two women silversmiths ever to have a piece commissioned for the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Buffet Plate.
Created for Lord Sutherland, her ‘Mountain Burn’ Rosewater dish was inspired by fast flowing streams (burns) of the Scottish Highlands. Rauni has five other pieces in the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection.
Worshipful Company of Weavers
In 2017/8, Rauni created a pair of Candelabra for the Worshipful Company of Weavers, which showcased her signature technique of Anticlastic forming to create the effect of threads developing into fabric billowing in a breeze
National Museum of Wales
In 2017, the National Museum of Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) in Cardiff commissioned Rauni’s ‘Glacier (II)’ piece, inspired by experiences on glaciers in Iceland.
To find out more about the making of this piece, see the ‘Targeted Force’ film above.
Creative Wales Award
Rauni was awarded the prestigious Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award in 2016 to develop her creative practice.
Using bronze, Rauni explored a deeper connection with the powerful landscape of her chosen home, North Wales, drawing on her experiences rock climbing, a powerful and intimate way to explore the landscape.
The Technique of Fold-Forming
In 2001, Rauni was introduced to the almost magical technique of Fold-forming by Brian Clarke in Ireland.
The Arts Council of Wales first supported Rauni to train for two weeks with Brian, which had a profound effect.
Fold-forming is a simple idea, a sheet of metal is folded in two like a piece of paper, then hammered while folded, to introduce curves and distortion, which become a complex three-dimensional form when the fold is prised open. It often results in an imperfect symmetry which mimics growth patterns in nature, such as leaves, coral, fungi, seaweed, shells and ferns. The technique was developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s.
To see the process of Fold-forming in action see the Makers’ Guild in Wales film below: