Edward Broadway: Jewellery
Edward has been making a wide range of jewellery and small silver smithing pieces for more than 25 years. Most of his jewellery is made of sterling silver and he does make a limited number of bracelets and necklaces incorporating non precious beads. Using his silver smithig skills he makes mainly tableware, spoons, small dishes, pots, sugar sifters, bottle coasters, candle holders and other similar small pieces.
From the 1950's Edward has made several visits to the Scandinavian country's. Denmark in the 1950's was a leader in modern design, he was impressed by all that he saw in their design centre in Copenhagen ranging from fabric design, furniture, ceramics, glass and the clean uncluttered deisgn of the jewellery and silver all of which was beautifully made and finished. Find out more about the Danish Design Centre click here
Later visits to Norway and Sweden confirmed Edwards view that they too were in advance of what was common in Britain at the time. The opening of the design centre in London in the late 50's brought good design to the attention of the British people. Conran recruited colleagues in a wide range of disciplines including silver smiths like David Mellor, is design skill ranged from traffic lights, bus shelters to every day things of use in the kitchen he like many others was influenced as I have been by their experience in Denmark.
Edward says, "I had the good fortune to meet George Grant and attending his long weekend classes, he was an excellent teacher and an unassuming person with wide ranging skills. He taught me all my silver smithing skills, he could find a simple answer to most problems, he did work for the famous and the words,"That will do" were not to be used in his workshop. I owe him a lot and endeavour to follow his exacting standards."