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Alistair McCallum

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Alistair McCallum

41 Boyne Road, Lewisham, London

SE13 5AL


Work: 020 8463 9441


About this designer / maker


Alistair McCallum produces bowls and containers using the Japanese metalworking technique of mokume gane. For over twenty years he has developed and extended the technique to produce original work where the essential balance of pattern and form are in harmony.

Price Guide

Silver commissions from £135 to £15000

Specialist Techniques

Mokume Gane is a traditional Japanese metalworking technique and has been practised for some three hundred years. The name mokume gane, when translated into English, means woodgrain metal or eye of the wood metal, referring to the patterns normally produced in Japan. The technique requires a sandwich of different metals normally silver, copper and copper alloys to be joined together either by defusion bonding or by silver soldering. I currently use six layers of silver, copper and gilding metal, with a thick backing sheet of silver which have been hard silver soldered together. Once the billet has been soldered it is then forged and milled into a sheet ready to be patterned. The pattern can be produced in a variety of ways but all involve breaking through the top layer of metal into the ones below. The desired pattern having been produced, the sheet is then milled to produce a smooth patterned sheet of metal ready to be fashioned.

Training College

1972 Foundation Studies, Teeside College of Art 1975 BA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Loughborough College of Art 1978 MA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Royal College of Art, London


Selected Recent Exhibitions:-

Chelsea Crafts Fair, London, England
Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, London, England
Wabi-Sasbi, Comtemporary Applied Arts, London, England

Contemporary British Silver, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Holland
Treasures of the 20th Century, Goldsmiths' Hall, London, England
Contemporary Decorative Arts, Selling Exhibition, Sotheby's, London, England

25 Years of Contemporary Craft, Crafts Council Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Meister Der Moderne Eine Sonderschau der 51 Internationalen Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany

Metalmorphosis. Tradition and Innovation in British Silver and Metalwork 1880-1998, Travelling Exhibition organised by the British Council in Association with the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, 1998 & Brohan Museum, Berlin, Germany
Objects of Desire, Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

Table of Delights, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
British Master Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths Hall, London, England
Six British Silversmiths, Gallery of Art, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Design of the Times, One Hundred Years of the Royal College of Art, London, England
Living Silver, Crafts Council (travelling exhibition), England

11th Silver Triennial 1995 Deutsches Goldschiedehaus, Hanau, Germany

Public Collections

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London, England The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England The Crafts Council, London, England North West Arts, Manchester, England Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland The Society of Contemporary Arts, London, England Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, England Brighton & Hove Museum, England Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, England


Travel Award to visit Japan, Royal College of Art

Littledale Award, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
New Craftsman Grant, Crafts Council

The Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths