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Alistair McCallum

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

ADDRESS :

41 Boyne Road, Lewisham, London

Biography:

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.

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.

Awards:

1978
Travel Award to visit Japan, Royal College of Art

1979
Littledale Award, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
New Craftsman Grant, Crafts Council

2001
The Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

Education:

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

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


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    Two Mokume Containers

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    Mokume Gane Container

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    Mokume Gane Cup

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    Mokume Gane Bowl

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    Mokume Gane Bowl (1)

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    Mokume Gane Dish

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    Mokume Gane Cup (1)

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    Mokume Gane Bowl (2)

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    Mokume Gane Bowl (3)

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    Mokume Gane Cup (2)

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    Silver and Mokume Gane Stampholder