“After a while channeling my thoughts, it is like breathing or meditation. I get lost in the making cycle.”
My tool is the hammer which was once owned by the renowned silversmith Louis Osman FRIBA. I use this tool to push and pull the material until the desired shape is formed.
The sound and the rhythm are most important to the making process under control. Years of practice repeating the same ritual: two hits on air one on steel, two on air one on steel. After a while channeling my thoughts, it is like breathing or meditation. I get lost in the making cycle.
The hammer is old, worn, has probably been used to aid the making of so many objects, a part of history.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
—George Bernard Shaw
Close your eyes and empty your mind.
In your hands a blank silver sheet awaiting your command.
Cleanse it and fill it with the wonder of childhood, flavours, aromas, the natural splendor of your surroundings, the words of fondly remembered conversations.
Let the thoughts flow through you. Take hold.
Reignite your inner rhythm. Be in control.
Allow the energy to flow. And breathe.
Listen to your heart beat. Begin the collision.
A mesmerising dance of tools taking metal to its limit. Pulsating.
Each strike an expression. Punctuating.
Each strike exposing an emotional response. Penetrating.
Each strike a unique blend of order and chaos. Personalised.
Feel your creation take shape. Bending to your will.
Two bodies evolving as one with each climatic stroke.
Rich sensual forms born of imagination.
Two lovers entwined.
The breeze rippling over sunkissed waters.
Open your eyes. Feel the warmth fill you and behold the wonder of creation.
—Written by Steve Judge