Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS
August 2017 - August 2018
Why not try your hand at traditional silversmithing techniques, forging your own place in Sheffield's rich metalwork history!
From 1st August 2017 Charlotte is offering a range of classes for adults that cover a variety of silversmithing techniques, to suit all abilities, with the aim of teaching you the skills to create your own masterpiece to take home.
The course of your choice can be arranged on dates to suit you, with a maximum of two people per course booking. The Christmas Desoration Making course will only run through November and December with a maximum of 4 people per course.
Learn the specialist silversmithing technique of hand raising and create a beautiful copper bowl using traditional hammer techniques. A great introduction for beginners and perfect practice for those wanting to increase their skill.
2 Day Course - Maximum 2 people per course - £195 per person - All materials & tools provided.
Design and create a Sterling Silver spoon using the techniques of forging, forming and soldering, and then have it hallmarked at The Sheffield Assay Office. A chance to make an extra special keepsake, Christening present or Wedding gift.
2 Day Course - Maximum 2 people per course - £235 per person - All materials & tools provided, including hallmarking.
Master the art of hand raising and create a Sterling Silver whisky tumbler. One of Charlotte’s most successful designs, this intensive course allows you to craft the perfect vessel for your favourite dram. Ideal for the true connoisseur.
3 Day Course - Maximum 2 people per course - £500 per person - All materials & tools provided, including hallmarking.
Through November & December only
A fun session for the festive season, learning the skill of hand piercing to produce unique copper creations for the tree or as an ideal token gift to commemorate the year.
1 Day Short Course (4 hours) - Maximum 4 people per course - £65 per person - All materials & tools provided.
Classes will take place at Charlotte’s Persistence Works studio with a maximum or 2 people at a time due to available space and noise levels. The Christmas Decoration Short Course can accomodate up to 4 people at a time.
Please book in advance by contacting Charlotte at email@example.com or calling 07910 344 332.
Confirmation of booking will be on receipt of the participation fee in full by cheque or BACS transfer as arranged.
Published: Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Charlotte with her winning design at Goldsmiths' Hall
The award ceremony for this year's Goldsmiths' Craftsmanship & Design Awards on Monday night saw Charlotte gaining a Slilver Award, in the (2D) Design: Silversmiths category, for her table centrepiece design.
The awards are amongst the most prestigious in the industry, being bubbed the 'Jewellery Oscars', and taking place at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London.
Charlotte is over the moon with her achievement and plans to make her winning design later this year.
Published: Monday, 31 October 2016
ELEMENTS Festival 2016
Charlotte's second public event of the year will see her exhibiting a selection of her silverware collection in Scotland for the first time.
Now in it's second year Elements 2 is an exquisite selling fair featuring over 45 makers of contemporary silversmithing and precious jewellery and is the premier festival of silver and gold in Scotland.
Hosted by Lyon & Turnbull at their auction house in the centre of Edinburgh, and in conjunction with the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, this years show includes Jewellery making, Silversmithing and Hallmarking demonstraions, as well as a complementary exhibition A Design Discovery: Great British Silver 1940-2016 that includes pieces from The Pearson Silver Collection.
Published: Monday, 12 September 2016
Charlotte's award winning stand at Salisbury
Charlotte was honored with the Best Established Maker Award, presented by event organiser Patricia Dixon, on the opening night of the Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival over the weekend. The judges were impressed by Charlotte's stand design that included examples of both her bespoke silver pieces and copperware range.
This was Charlotte's second time exhibiting at the Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival, 9th - 11th September, which took place in the grounds of the stunning Salisbury Cathedral.
Published: Thursday, 24 March 2016
British Craft Trade Fair
This April, at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, Charlotte will be introducing her new copper tableware collection. This range has been developed to address a need for accessible ‘silversmithing’ pieces that do not compromise on design or quality of finish.
Copper has become a desirable material in interior design, and has long been an important design tool, helping Charlotte to visualise ideas before committing them to precious metal. It’s rich, warming colour has been the main inspiration for the collection, prompting the exploration into the use of geometric pattern, as well as colour and textural contrast brought in with the use of textiles chosen to enhance the natural tones of the metal.
The pieces in the collection have been designed to suit small batch production using a combination of modern industrial applications; in the form of laser cutting, and traditional silversmithing techniques to ensure the highest quality product.
Find Charlotte and her work on Stand 230 at the British Craft Trade Fair, from 10th-12th April.
Published: Saturday, 7 November 2015
Open Studios & Harley Christmas Market 2015
Charlotte has two events coming up at the end of November to round off her creative year.
Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios sees Charlotte opening her workshop door to the public, along with over 100 of her fellow artists and makers across all three of Yorkshire Artspace's studio sites - Persistence Works, Exchange Place and Manor Oaks. This is the perfect opportunity to come and have a nosey at what goes on behind the scenes, chat to Charlotte and other artists and purchase work direct from the makers.
The Harley Gallery Christmas Art & Food Market provides a great day out in the stunning setting of the Welbeck Estate. This year Charlotte will be joined by over 60 other artists and makers of all disciplines, exhibiting their work. This is the perfect opportunity to buy those unique gifts for that special someone or as a personal treat.
Open Studios runns from Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd November and more information can be found in this site's Exhibitions section and at www.artspace.org.uk
The Harley Christmas Market runns from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th November and more information can be found in this site's Exhibitions section and at www.harleygallery.co.uk
Published: Thursday, 20 August 2015
Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Fair
Charlotte's next event is at the Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival on the weekend of 5th and 6th September where she will be exhibiting a selection of her silverware alongside her new Copperware range which she will be previewing for the first time outside of Sheffield.
Fabulously sited beneath the cathedral’s soaring spire, the Festival returns for a second year to celebrate superb craft skills both ancient & modern. Charlotte will be in the company of over 100 of the UK’s top designer-makers and artists representing every discipline, while a lively programme of tours, talks, games, workshops, demonstrations and human library will bring to life Salisbury's unique craft & cultural heritage.
The Festival runs from Saturday 5th September (10am-5pm) until Sunday 6th September (10.30am-4.30pm).
Published: Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Festival of Silver: INSPIRED 2015
Following the continuing success of the collaboration with the Furniture Makers, Festival of Silver is looking forward to it's third exhibition at The Goldsmiths' Centre this May. Many people feel that the collaborative exhibition of contemporary furniture and modern silversmithing continues to break new ground and this year they are also joining up with Clerkenwell Design Week.
There is also a speaker’s lunchtime programme which compliments the Clerkenwell Design Week theme of Design. Each speaker will talk about their own career and the role of design within it:
Tuesday 19th May 12.45pm – 1.45pm, Malcolm Appleby MBE is the country’s leading silversmith art-engraver.
Wednesday 20th May 12.45pm – 1.45pm, Rebecca De Quin is a leading designer, artist-silversmith and lecturer at the Royal College of Art in silver and mixed media.
Thursday 21st May 12.45pm – 1.45pm, Barnaby Scott is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He lectures on the unusual combination of CNC technology and highly skilled hand-craft at Waywood Furniture Creation.
Inspired 2015 is from 19-23 May 2015 during Clerkenwell Design Week (19-21 May).
Published: Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Little Gems: Wine Decanter by Charlotte Tollyfield
You may remember that, back in November 2009, Charlotte created her beautiful, hand raised decanter for the Sheffield Assay Office's Little Gems collection. Well, this March, Galvanize Sheffield: Festival of Contemporary Metal will be showcasing Little Gems, a decade of commissioned work by 22 talented early career designer makers from Yorkshire Art Space in Sheffield, at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell.
Little Gems brings together the collection of contemporary precious metal artworks, commissioned through the Sheffield Assay Office’s annual competition from 2005 to 2015 and created by up and coming silversmiths on the Starter Studios programme at Yorkshire Art Space. This is the first time that their collective work has been shown outside of Sheffield.
Charlotte will also be taking part in the Curator's Talk, hosted by Emma Paragreen from Sheffield Assay Office, at The Goldsmiths' Centre on Friday 17th April at 12:45pm.
The Little Gems exhibition will be on show from 23rd March - 15th May 2015 at The Goldsmiths' Centre, Clerkenwell, London.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm
Published: Sunday, 22 February 2015
Desire & HoJ 2015 poster
For her first outing of the year Charlotte will be exhibiting a selection of her work as a Guest Designer on the House of Jewellers stand at Desire Fair in Chelsea this March.
"Desire has become firmly established as the 'must visit' event for its stunning collection and unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery and stylish silverware. The fairs present highly talented exhibitors who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create." - Craft in Focus
DESIRE Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will take place 6th-8th March 2015 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.
Opening Times: Friday 6th 10am-6pm Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th 10am-5pm
Published: Sunday, 10 March 2013
Spoon Making Class 2011
Charlotte is pleased to announce the first dates for her much anticipated 2013 Master Class programme and welcomes anyone one who would like to have a go at creating their very own piece of metalwork to join her at her workshop for a weekend of happy hammering!
2 Day Silver Spoon Making Master Classes
• Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April 2013, 10am – 4pm each day
• Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2013, 10am - 4pm each day
Weekend master classes for adults in the art of making a silver spoon. Participants will design and create their own sterling silver spoon, which will be hallmarked at The Sheffield Assay Office, to love and cherish using traditional silversmithing techniques.
2 Day Copper Bowl Raising Master Classes
• Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2013, 10am - 4pm each day
• Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2013, 10am – 4pm each day
Weekend master classes for adults to learn the specialist silversmithing technique of hand raising. Participants will create their own copper bowl using traditional hammer techniques and have the opportunity to get it professionally polished and silver plated, ready to take home and cherish.
Classes will take place at Charlotte’s studio, Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS.
Maximum of 3 people per class (more classes may be scheduled throughout the year should demand require)
£150 per person, per class
Please book in advance by contacting Charlotte by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07910 344 332
Confirmation of booking will be on receipt of the participation fee in full by cheque or BACS transfer.
Published: Thursday, 28 February 2013
Growing Talent 2013
Charlotte is proud to have her work on display in an exclusive exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall celebrating the work of over 80 emerging fine jewellers and silversmiths that have benefit from The Goldsmiths' Company's Graduate Bursary to exhibit at Goldsmiths' Fair. The work of the many jewellers and silversmiths will be on show in this fascinating exhibition that shows an early piece from each participants very first Goldsmiths' Fair alongside a new and exclusive piece that will be on display for the first time, showing how their work has developed over the interim period.
Charlotte will be represented by her award winning Square Teapot and has produced a new piece to sit along side it. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue documenting the work of all the makers fetured in the exhibition.
Growing Talent will feature at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, from 1th March - 13th April 2013.
Published: Monday, 3 September 2012
Goldsmiths' Fair 2012
Charlotte was delighted back in April to discover she had successfully secured a place in Week 1 at this Years Goldsmiths' Fair. This year promises to be an extra special event as the Fair celebrates it's 30th year! Charlotte has been working on a range of smaller, collectable pieces which will be on show for the first time at the Fair. Join her from the 24th to 30th September at stand number 21.
Published: Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Charlotte Tollyfield at her stand in Goldsmtihs' Fair
Charlotte was delighted to be presented with the ‘Best New Merchandise Award’ at Goldsmiths’ Fair this October in London for her Square Teapot, praised for its bold and innovative design and on show for the very first time. Charlotte was selected for the award by renowned collector and contributor to the arts, Jacqueline Gestetner and was presented with a prize of £1000 by Paul Dyson, Director of Promotion at The Goldsmiths’ Company.
The Square Teapot is the latest edition to Charlotte’s collection of work which was made possible through a grant awarded by Arts Council England as part of the Galvanize Festival, Sheffield’s biannual celebration of its metalwork heritage.
Published: Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Charlotte has recently been given the fantastic news that she has been awarded a Graduate Stand at this year's Goldsmiths' Fair at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. She will be joining a selection of the UK's very best silversmiths and jewellers in the second week of this, one of the most prestigious selling exhibitions in the country.
Published: Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Charlotte Tollyfield receiving an award at BSW
On the 3rd December 2009 Charlotte was awarded, for the second year running, the Cooksons Precious Metals Sponsorship Award of the registration fee to take part in British silver Week and 300gms of silver towards the production of a new signature piece.
On the 27th April 2010, at the British Silver Week Launch event at the Pangolin Gallery in London, Charlotte was also awarded 'An Introduction to Manufacturing One Day Course with LJ Millington of Birmingham' and a '2 Day Silversmiths' Business Course in London with Gordon Hamme and Brett Payne'.
As part of British Silver Week this year Charlotte will be exhibiting at:
Published: Sunday, 25 April 2010
In March this year Charlotte entered a design for the Museums Sheffield Metalwork Design Award, and has been chosen as one of ten shortlisted finalists invited to create their work in advance of an exhibition and awards ceremony at Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery in October. The judging panel, that includes Sheffield Assay Master Ashley Carson, Creative Director at David Mellor Design Corin Mellor, The Duke of Devonshire, Executive Director of the Crafts Council Rosey Greenlees, 2008 Metalwork Design Award Winner Cameron Maxfield and senior Curator of Humanities at Museums Sheffield Clair Starkie, will then award the prize of £10,000 to the final winner.
Museums Sheffield, whose metalwork collection dates back to the 14th Century, launched The Metalwork Design Award in 2008 to support the talent of today by ensuring that contemporary metalwork design flourishes alongside the traditions of the past, with emphasis placed on ingenuity and originality in contemporary design, signposting the future of UK metalwork.
Published: Thursday, 22 April 2010
Re-Coefficients Dining Club
Charlotte, along with five other makers from Yorkshire Artspace's Persistence works, fellow Silversmith Stefan Tooke and Ceramicists Penny Withers, Emilie Taylor and Hanne Westergaard, was commissioned by Grizedale Arts to produce six soup bowls for the speakers place settings at the Re-Coefficients Dining Club that took place at Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery.
The original Co-Efficients Club was founded by the Fabian Society in the shadow of John Ruskin's death with the aim of bringing together the most powerful figures in the British Establishment with social critics and idealists to discuss and make plans for social reform over a convivial meal.
This new re-enactment, co-ordinated by Grizedale Arts, invited six new voices, including architect and theorist Celine Conderelli, , Cumbrian hill farmer and commons campaigner John Atkinson, Head of Fine Art at Liverpool School of Art John Byrne, New York-based artist Alexander Singh, Methodist Minister and CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum Inderjit Bhogal and an actor playing the part of John Ruskin himself, to give speeches on social and cultural reform. The rest of the evening was made up of some of John Ruskin's favourite things, including a five course meal of soup and bread, a Rock Orchestra (a 19th century slate harmonium) and a barber shop quartet.
Published: Friday, 6 November 2009
As part of completing her first year on the Yorkshire Artspace Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths Charlotte has been commissioned by The Sheffield Assay Office to create a new large scale signature piece as part of their Little Gems programme.
The piece, a Wine Decanter, along with the work also commissioned from Anne Davis and Stefan Tooke is on display in the display case, sponsored by The Sheffield Assay Office, in the foyer of the Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery from 6th November 2009 to 16th May 2010.
It has been confirmed that Charlotte's Wine Decanter, along with Stefan Tooke's Ladle, will be kept by the Museums Sheffield Trust as part of their metalwork collection. While Anne's Cheese Board will be kept by The Sheffield Assay Office as part of their extensive silver collection.