Pupils from St Huberts and Old Hill primary schools, Sandwell, worked with artist silversmith Theresa Nguyen and writer Mandy Ross on Silver Treasure, a Heritage Lottery Fund project.
Learning about silversmithing techniques through the ages, the children took inspiration from the Staffordshire Hoard and from contemporary silversmithing in the Jewellery Quarter to design and make their own beautiful metalwork gifts. They wrote poetry and leaflets exploring the ancient techniques and modern skills they discovered.
A collective poem created by Year 5 children from Old Hill Primary School, with Mandy Ross:
Filigree Twist of History
An endless history of twists and turns
Of gold and garnet, silver and sapphire,
Jewelled weapons of warriors, holding
Never-ending swirls of wind and water, coiled snakes and curled leaves,
Lazy streams and calm clouds, wings and beaks of birds entwined.
Made with precious metal and silversmiths’ ancient skills,
Cutting, carving, heating, soldering,
Embossing, hammering, smoothing, polishing,
Passed down through generations or hidden, lost and found.
Now, real or replica, displayed in museum glass cases
Or glistening in shop windows,
And in workshops, studios and schools,
Still hammering, shaping, shining
Today’s filigree twist of history.
Participants will be sharing their work at the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery from 10.30am on Tuesday 28th June.
For more information about Staffordshire workshops visit the School Sessions page.