About the Project
Most hand engraving is carried out on someone else’s work, i.e. it is the client’s job. Often the engraver is not credited, is rarely recorded and therefore the status of practitioners, the quality of what they do, slips through the net of public awareness.
The Paperweight Project invited Association members to engrave a 5cm silver square. These were then mounted on a cube base, providing an identical format within which there was freedom for participants to produce engraving of their own choosing. Thus their work can be seen both individually and collectively. As with most collections the total effect is much more than the sum of its parts
The Association welcomes practitioners of all ages and at all stages of their career. In this collection visitors will see those just starting out, those who run busy practices and those who’ve been working a lifetime. Gun engravers, inscription engravers, carving and engraving for champlevé enamel, traditional forms, contemporary forms – all are permanently recorded here for the first time.
We hope this collection will create interest from those unaware of the wonderful, high level of skill held in the UK for centuries and still practised today. We hope it may also inspire some to take it up seriously carrying the tradition on into the future.