Everything Stops For Tea

This month’s video combines two of our favourite things: hot-forging and cake!

This is a busy time of year for us. With plenty of shows on the horizon it’s important to make the most of our time in the workshop but even the busiest of silversmiths looks forward to that time in the afternoon when the hearth is cooled, the hammer laid aside and everything stops for tea. Its the perfect opportunity to test a freshly-forged silver cake slice and treat everyone to a slice of good old-fashioned Victoria Sponge.

Featured in this month’s video: Ann Richardson (Silversmith), Charlotte Tollyfield (Silversmith), Victoria Sponge (Cake)

The Cake Slice is forged from a single piece of silver and its long, tapered handle curved into a loop. This provides the perfect counter-balance for you to rest it on the edge of your favourite willow-pattern plate or cake stand. Whether you’re serious about cake like the Sultan of Oman who commissioned this mega cake stand or whether, like us, you get yours from Marks & Spencer, a silver cake slice makes your tea break the best part of any day.

Silver Cake Stand made by Jack Spencer of Sheffield for the Sultan of Oman, 1977. Image copyright: Sheffield Assay Office

If you’re interested in the silversmithing techniques we use to make our pieces, why not visit the Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton? Brett will be giving a talk at midday on Saturday 14th July entitled, ‘What I Make & How I Make It’. Click here for details.

Alternatively, you can catch us at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall from 27th-29th July or the Craft & Design Fair at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge from 17th-19th August. Check our Events page for a complete list of shows.

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