About Jen Ricketts
Hand Pierced Silverware
Award winning silversmith Jen Ricketts gained a First Class Honours Degree from De Montfort University and recently completed a silversmithing residency at Bishopsland near Reading. Jen has received bullion awards from the Goldsmiths’ Company London, the Malcolm Appleby Award for artistic excellence and recently completed a prestigious commission for the Assay Master at the Sheffield Assay Office.
Jen has perfected the silversmithing technique of hand saw piercing. She uses the finest of saw blades to hand cut her designs. Her current work concentrates on making bespoke functional silverware of intricate city skylines and intriguing silhouettes of park scenes and the countryside.
Each piece is exquisitely detailed and can be tailor made to commission featuring images of special or memorable places. Jen always begins a commission with a drawing of the design. These drawings then form the template with which Jen hand cuts the design from silver, creating a unique piece of contemporary silverware.
Hand Pierced Tea Light Candle Holder
In 2015 Jen was commissioned by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield to design and make a unique hand-pierced Tealight Holder. This beautifully made silver skyline, featuring Buckingham Palace, Sheffield Cathedral and Sheffield Town Hall was then presented to the Queen as a gift from the City of Sheffield on Maunday Thursday 2015. It has since been selected to be displayed throughout the summer of 2017 at Buckingham Palace, as part of the "Royal Gifts" exhibition.
This special exhibition told the story of Her Majesty's reign over the past 65 years, through the official gifts she received. Jen's work featured alongside a range of gifts from every continent. The exhibition ran from 22nd July to 1st October 2017 during the summer opening of the State Rooms.
Jen makes everything by hand using traditional silversmithing techniques. All designs are drawn by Jen before being applied to the silver. The process is time consuming but results in intricately detailed and stunning pieces.
Jen often works on custom pieces so if you have particular imagery or memorable places you would like translating into silver then please contact Jen.