HOWARD FENN

London. Works mainly to commission, combining silver, slate and glass in functional items plus silver inlay in wood. Produced work for Aspreys early in career. Commissions more recently include for 10 Downing Street. In many major collections worl-wide and is a Freeman of the City of London.

About the Artist

Howard Fenn was born in Conisborough, a mining village in Yorkshire.

He was educated at the local comprehensive school before getting the opportunity to go to Dartington Hall School in Devon which had a crucial and lasting effect on the development of his personality, work and private life.

Howard trained at Sir John Cass School of Art (now part of London Guildhall University) and gained a distinction in the Design and Craftmanship of Silversmithing as well as winning prizes and commissions.

After college he worked for the silversmith John Norgate, mainly producing work for the Middle East and regimental silver for the armed forces.

In 1979 he set up his own workshop in London near Tower Bridge and in 1994 moved to spacious, new premises in what used to be London's old leathermarket, close to London Bridge.

As well as working on one-off and specially commissioned pieces, Howard produces a range of silverware and inlaid hairbrushes which are designed to appeal to both modernists and traditionalists alike.

Recently he has also become involved with architectural metalwork, lighting and furniture.

He has also worked in collaboration with the London Glassblowing Workshop and with Alec Peevor, the stone carver.

Howard exhibits regularly in Britain and Europe and has work in private and public collections. He has guest lectuerd at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, and taught design and silversmithing at the London Guildhall University.

He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Chairman of the recently founded Association of British Designer Silversmiths.

Further Images

Doig silver, slate and glass teaset.

Doig silver, slate and glass teaset.

Tea pot 14cm high with part slate handle. Slate supports for milkjug, suger bowl and strainer dish. Glass tray.

Candlevase Glass vase

Candlevase Glass vase

clear or frosted with removable silver candleholder. 18cm high

Condiment set in silver

Condiment set in silver

Salt with blue glass liner. Salt or mustard with lid. 6cm x 6cm


Hairbrushes - various hardwoods with silver inlay patterns & letters

Hairbrushes - various hardwoods with silver inlay patterns & letters

Folding comb - silver pressed & folding case with acrylic comb. Case 13cm long.

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