Abigail J Marsh is a designer, maker and silversmith based in Bordon, Hampshire. She graduated from university with a first-class degree in BA (Hons) Jewellery at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and is a member of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
Abigail creates unique and one-off pieces celebrating materials. Using traditional methods of making in a contemporary way her work celebrates the real craftsmanship of silversmithing and the skill of the maker’s hand to its best.
It was at university where Abigail’s passion for silversmithing was discovered. Her passion is hand raising, the process of growing a piece from a sheet of metal. This method of making has gone on to inform many of her designs and pieces. Her exploration and variation of this skill have allowed her to push the boundaries of the materials, testing their limits to create new and exciting ideas for contemporary silverware. This has also gone on to inform her jewellery pieces. Bringing the traditional methods together with playful and meaningful design.
“It takes time, patience and focus to create a beautiful piece by hand. A single modification can change the whole piece for better or for worse.” – Abigail J Marsh
Abigail is also a member of the collaborative artist and maker Continuum group. Continuum is a unique collaboration of MA and PhD alumni artist-makers from the UCA network in Farnham. Please click here for more information.
Goldsmiths Summer School
I took part in The Goldsmiths Summer School in 2016. This opportunity was a weeks teaching by professionals in the silversmithing industry as well as gaining contacts to help the individual maker grow. I took part in hands on lessons in hand raise and spin vessels in copper, as well as a visit to the Goldsmiths Hall to the vault and the library. This experience allowed me to grow as a maker and develop her skills during her time at university as well as building her contacts within the industry.
To find out more about this course please you the link. Click here to find out more.
University for the Creative Arts Artist in Residence
During my time as artist in residence I wanted to explore how I could get the messages of friendship, love and bonds across in an unusual way that is also so personal to the user/wearer. The idea of Little People was born.
Using wax I had hours of fun caving little characters, giving each one of them there own little personality and then assembling them into gestures of friendship and togetherness. The image is my work on show at the end of the year at the UCA Foyer Gallery.
Along side my own work I ran a few classes and sessions with students to share techniques, sketchbook work and build on exploration.
Institute of Professional Goldsmiths
In August 2019, I was presented with her membership to the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths after being selected to take part in a mentoring scheme with other professional goldsmiths. This scheme allowed me to share skills and learn new techniques as well as discuss what it is like to be part of the silversmithing industry. To read more about the scheme and a quote from myself about the her experience please click the link. Click here to find out more
Awarded Membership to the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths 2019
Shortlisted for the Make Your Mark Awards 2019
Talent Spotted at New Designers by the Goldsmiths’ Centre 2018
Shortlisted for the Make Your Mark Awards 2017
Is a designer, maker, silversmith.To buy any of my work head over to my online shop on my website.