Miriam Hanid is best known for her distinctive sculptural silver, that includes functional and purely decorative pieces, most of which are inspired by water, movement and the natural world. Using her signature techniques of chasing and engraving, she creates deceptively simple organic and tactile shapes together with more complex and detailed vessels, centrepieces and tableware.
Many of the objects that Miriam designs are the result of commissions and she enjoys the process of working with a client to bring their visual ideas to life. She has created bespoke silverware for individuals and collectors as well as for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Eton College, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the National Museum of Wales among others. A commission for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 years later than her great grandfather’s two commissions for Her Majesty in 1952, has been a career high point.
Miriam imbues all her work with an integrity, attention to detail and craftsmanship which has elevated her silver into the sphere of fine art. Her skills and creative abilities have been recognised via awards for chasing and silversmithing in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017 which brought 6 prizes from the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council. Miriam works from her Suffolk studio focusing on bespoke commissions, teaching and the development of a capsule jewellery collection and fine silverware gifts. She notes her greatest achievement as the pleasure that her work brings clients, from a simply engraved bangle to a carefully orchestrated hand raised, chased, chiselled and gilded object of desire.
Miriam was part of the 2015 Walpole Crafted Class.