Jemma Daniels is a multi award winning designer silversmith specialising in the creation of contemporary hollowware and tableware using traditional Silversmithing techniques, including hand raising, forging, chasing and engraving, all utilised during the manipulation of silver.
''The sculptural nature of all aspects of our surrounding environment is what moves me as a designer. The exploration of this through the movement of metal and fluidity of form keeps me intrigued and compels me to continue moving forward. My aim as a Silversmith is to create functional sculpture, to intrigue the user and to enhance their visual and physical interaction with objects.
Within my work form and function go hand in hand, they should be in harmony rather than conflict, as form is the body of the functional object. Through my designs the function of the item informs its visual appearance, in order to entice the observer to want to touch and use the piece.''
Jemma’s journey as a silversmith very much began at college in Bath where she grew up. She attended a design crafts course that included fine metals, and it is here that she found her love for the challenges of manipulating metal. From here she moved on to study her BA at Kent Institute of Art and Design (Rochester) under the guidance of Brian Hill and his team of extremely dedicated tutors and technicians. Upon completion of her BA, Jemma attended the postgraduate training course at the prestigious Bishopsland workshops.
This year re-enforced Jemma’s ambition and determination to follow the path of self employment and she relocated to Birmingham in order to set up her practice in the historic Jewellery Quarter. Through out her education and training Jemma has been extremely fortunate to be guided by some extraordinary crafts people, impressing upon her the importance of the traditional hand skills, and that as a maker you should always strive for excellence. The strong sculptural nature of Jemma’s work is intended to
Jemma's work has been recognised widely since her graduation in 2008, through a number of awards, including the New Designers Silversmithing prize, awarded by the prestigious Goldsmiths Company, a significant number of awards through The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council, most notably that of Best Junior and was also recently short listed for the National Metalwork Design Awards by Museum Sheffield. She has also been exhibited and a number of prestigious venues, including Goldsmiths Hall (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Goldsmiths House Hanau (Germany), Fortnum and Mason (London) and The Silver Museum (Antwerp).
Awards and Recognition
Graduate Bursary for Goldsmiths Fair 2011
British Jewellers’ Association Award for Excellence in Jewellery.
I was highly commended by the BJA at the British Craft Trade Fair 2011
Emerging Designers Pavilion
A free stand at Art, Design and a Taste of Summer – Living Crafts (Blenheim Palace) sponsored by Craft and Design Magazine.
The Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Designs Council Awards 2011
Silver Award - Silversmiths 3D Craft (Junior)
Museums Sheffield National Metalwork Design Award 2010
I was one of 10 to be shortlisted for this award, with the winning piece (Chris Knight) became a part of the Museums collection.
The Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Designs Council Awards 2009
The award of Best Junior – “This award is given at the discretion of the council for a piece or Range of work that is judged to have achieved the highest Standards of craftsmanship and/or design.”
Gold Award – Gil Packard Post Graduate Bursary
Gold Award & Silver Award – Silversmithing 3D design (finished pieces)
Silver Award - Smallworkers 3D design (finished pieces)
2 Silver Awards - Silversmiths 3D Craft (Junior)
Commendation - Smallworkers 3D Craft (Junior)
During these awards I was also short listed for The Padolsky Award and The Goldsmiths’ Company award.
NADFAS Scholarship 08/09
I have been awarded a Scholarship by The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, to aid the costs of undertaking the residency at Bishopsland.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Bursary ‘09’
This is an award of £300 of bullion to contribute to the costs of a major piece of silverware created during my time at Bishopsland.
New Designers 2008
The Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Award (for ‘impressions of touch’) “The Company's awards for jewellery and silversmithing are designed to highlight and reward design excellence.”
This is awarded to only one student exhibiting Siversmithing at New Designers each year.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Silversmithing Bursary ‘08’
This is an award of £300 of bullion to contribute to the costs of my final major project, and is awarded specifically for the creation of a silversmithing piece.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Precious Metals Bursary ‘08’
I have been awarded £200 of bullion for the design of a sculptural and ergonomic condiment set.
The Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Designs Council Awards 2008
Gold Award - 2D Silversmithing Design.
Silver Award - Setters (junior) Craft Skills.
Commendation Award - Technological Innovation 3D.
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
Pewter Live 2007, National First prize in Fashion: The Total Look
The Goldsmiths’ Crafts & Designs Council Awards 2007
Commendation Award - Prototype Production, 3D Finished Pieces.
Commendation Award - 2D Silversmithing Design.
Marjo 2005 (a live project to create production-based designs to fit the style of the company with the view to winning pieces being put into manufacture) - Commendation