Commissioning Silver with Hal Messel hosted by Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler
Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler showcase the work of Artistic Silversmith Hal Messel with examples of his work including drawings, photographs and finished pieces. Hal will also be giving a talk on his work with an emphasis on one off commissions.
The designers at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler have a history of working with Artists and Craftspeople, producing a variety of one off commissions and unique items for private clients and to exhibit in their showrooms. Collaborations have resulted in bespoke textiles, carpeting, ceramics, furniture and lighting all using a variety of materials and mediums that keep the craft tradition in Great Britain alive.
Hal Messel is an English Silversmith and Artist who was apprenticed and trained in traditional Huguenot silversmithing techniques. He applies these skills to create highly imaginative silverware and sculpture. Originally a fine art painter he left the City and Guilds school in London and went on to discover silver as a medium. Fascinated by its possibilities, he was trained for seven years by Steve Wager, an Asprey’s silversmith of 25 years in conjunction with celebrated silversmith, Jocelyn Burton. Under the auspices if the Goldsmiths’ Company, where he won an award for his technical ability. Setting up in business under his own name he renovated a Queen Anne chapel as his home and workshop where he works on the pieces he has been commissioned to make. A passionate believer in maintaining and encouraging traditional skills he often incorporates other techniques into his work and has worked with glass casters Jackson Fawkes on several pieces.
As well as finished pieces they will be showing working drawings, sketches, photographs of Hal's studio workshop in Gloucestershire and a selection of work in progress at various stages of completion. On Thursday 4th May, Hal will be giving an illustrated talk on his work at our Pimlico Road showroom with an emphasis on one off commissions.
He has made work, now on permanent display, at St Georges Chapel Windsor and received notable private commissions including work for the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn and many American and European Interior Designers. Hal is also in a long term collaboration with one of the oldest established silver firms in Europe called Leitao e Irmao, based in Lisbon, working on a large private commission as well as a collection of table ware.