Marsh Awards for Heritage Crafts

2013 - Cameron Maxfield and Angela Brown

Cameron Maxfield

Cameron teaches all traditional silversmithing skills: hand-raising, casting, soldering, spinning, chasing and forging. Although he has a love for these traditional techniques, he also has a keen eye for contemporary design and has helped many of the younger makers perfect their work in this area. He is a great mentor and is happy to share his personal equipment and his workshop with his students, at home when they need to have access to equipment not available in the silversmith’s workshop.

Cameron taught for 28 years as a senior technician and lecturer at the Sheffield Hallam University’s Jewellery and Metalwork course. After he retired from there, he was invited by Yorkshire Artspace to work as a technical skills expert and design advisor for the Starter Studio Programme for emerging silversmiths. Here, he currently provides one-to-one tuition to up to six emerging silversmiths and jewellers per annum and has done so for ten years. He also regularly runs master-classes, specialising in hand-raising, forging and spinning.

Cameron has made significant contributions to the careers of his trainees. The silversmiths who attended his course at Sheffield Hallam University all now teach, sell their work, win awards and run their own successful businesses. Of the younger silversmiths he has taught on the Starter Studio Programme for silversmiths, most are now working from their own workshops around the UK.

Angela Brown
Lace Making

Angela first joined the committee of The Lace Society as the librarian and took over the onerous task of cataloguing and sorting the collection of 1,000 books into the different types of lace. Details of these are now available on their website, allowing easy access to the information for members. When the founder of the Society passed away, Angela took over as Chair and saved it from collapsing with her strong guidance and dedication. It is now a friendly, thriving organisation which has been running for over 44 years and is always striving to satisfy its members’ requirements.

Angela, with her great knowledge of lace, has been able to ensure that members always gain from her experience, both practical and theoretical. She has ensured that study visits benefit members with the choice of lace shown, discussed and handled. Her knowledge has also assisted many private collectors and museums with the identification of lace. She often attends meetings to discuss the future of lace and through one of these meetings she was instrumental in putting a film maker and teacher together to create a DVD promoting lace. She is always willing to teach a new lace maker. She has also instigated a local design group which helps lace makers with the design of new patterns and the adaptation of old ones, in order to provide new patterns for lace in the future.

All Angela’s work is completely voluntary, which makes her contributions to the Society truly outstanding. She has said that “you know that when you volunteer for something it has to be a total commitment for that period of time.”

Pictured above:
Top: Cameron Maxfield being handed his Award by Mir Jansen, Programme Manager at Yorkshire Artspace.
Below: Angela teaching a student at a Society weekend course.


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