Upcoming Events

Come see Steve Smithers' work at the following shows and demonstrations:

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Demonstration of Colonial Silversmithing at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 2011


Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield Silver & Metalware Collection, Deerfield, MA
Silversmithing Demonstration
September 30th, 2017

10:00-4:00 PM

Since 1975, Silvermith Stephen Smithers has been researching and refining the classic art of silversmithing as practiced by master silvermiths throughout history. Originally a machinist and plater, Steve eventually had the opportunity to work on pieces made prior to the industrial revolution. Through the process of performing restorations on early metal objects, Steve has gained an intuitive sense of the original working methods used, which has influenced the design, construction, and craftsmanship of his own pieces. He acquired an understanding of the craft as it was practiced by hand, and today maintains that pride of workmanship as well as the care taken in the making of quality hand-wrought metal pieces.

 

 

 



Previous Events

 

 

Patriots Day at the Concord Museum

Demonstration and Discussion of the silversmithing of Paul Revere
Monday, April 22, 2017 Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts

 

Patriots Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade

Silversmithing Demonstration at the Colonial Silversmith Shop 10:00- 4:00
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts

 

Nantucket Historical Society


Silversmithing class at the 1800 House Arts and Crafts Series
July 19-21, 2017

 

Hilltown History Fair and Conference

September 19th, 2015
Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Buckland, Mass.

By Hand, Hammer, and Machine: Metalworking through the Ages. Silversmith Stephen Smithers will discuss the history of metalworking, focusing on the evolution and development of metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley, and demonstrate some of the tools and techniques employed by the earliest metalsmiths of America. This presentation will incluse photographic images and short video segments, as well as samples of Smithers' work.

 

 

 

American Craftsmen Show

November 7-8, 2015
Lounsberry House, Ridgefield, CT

The American Craftsmen Show is a once a year event that showcases award-winning and nationally known artists and craftsmen offering their work for sale. Many of these creations are inspired by the traditions, methods and styles of the early American craftsmen. Featured works include: pottery, wood carvings, painted furniture, textiles, holiday folk art and much more.

 

Greenfield Community College Senior Symposium

February 25th, 2015: 2-4 PM
GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, Mass.

By Hand, Hammer, and Machine: Metalworking through the Ages. Silversmith Stephen Smithers will discuss the history of metalworking, focusing on the evolution and development of metalworking in the Connecticut River Valley, and demonstrate some of the tools and techniques employed by the earliest metalsmiths of America. This presentation will incluse photographic images and short video segments, as well as samples of Smithers' work.

Symposium pdf flyer

 

North Bennet Street School

Boston Massachusetts
Introduction to Silver and Holloware

A hands on workshop in classic silversmithing

April 5-6, 2014

Here's an opportunity to learn the basics of classic metalsmithing in an inspiring setting in the North End, Boston. The North Bennet Street School is renowned in the field of traditional arts and crafts, and offers 2 year programs, as well as 3-5 day workshops, in furniture and cabinetry , jewelry , violin making and piano technology, and bookbinding to name a few. It is a truly magical place in a wonderful historic neighborhood!

In this workshop, we will focus on the design and making of forms cups, bowls, and other forms in silver, brass, bronze and copper. Students of varying levels of experience will work on their own pieces at their own pace. If you have questions, contact Steve or NBSS.

 

 

Snow Farm

Creating Objects of Beauty & Function in Metal
June 1-7, 2014

 

Nantucket Historical Society

1800 House Arts and Crafts program
Silversmithing a Nantucket Spoon
August 4-5, 2014

Snow Farm: Creating Objects of Beauty & Function in Metal

September 29 - October 5, 2013

 

Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield Silver & Metalware Collection, Deerfield, MA
Demonstration of the Making of an Early American Flatware Set
October 6, 26, & December 14 2013

10:00-4:00 PM

.pdf flyer

Since 1975, Silvermith Stephen Smithers has been researching and refining the classic art of silversmithing as practiced by master silvermiths throughout history. Originally a machinist and plater, Steve eventually had the opportunity to work on pieces made prior to the industrial revolution. Through the process of performing restorations on early metal objects, Steve has gained an intuitive sense of the original working methods used, which has influenced the design, construction, and craftsmanship of his own pieces. He acquired an understanding of the craft as it was practiced by hand, and today maintains that pride of workmanship as well as the care taken in the making of quality hand-wrought metal pieces.

 

 

A Gathering of Craftsmen

November 2-3, 2013
Wilton, Connecticut

Twenty nine of the nation's best traditional artisans display their art and craft in a relaxed and intimate setting, at three locations in Wilton, Ct. Admission is free. Steve will be showing his work at the New England Historical Connection, located at 300 Danbury Road, Route 7, Wilton, Connecticut. Hours are Sat. November 2th from 9 AM-5 PM, and Sun. November 3th from 10 AM-4PM. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the work amd talk with some of the most noted master artisans from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Maine

 

Clark Art Institute Decorative Arts Family Day

March 24th, 2013 12:00-4:00P.M.

Silversmithing Demonstration

 

Rowayton Historical Society Colonial Days

April 25-28
Metalsmithing Workshop: Learn to Make a Hammered Bowl

 

Patriots Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade

Silversmithing Demonstration at the Colonial Silversmith Shop 10:00- 4:00
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts

Please note that this year's event, the 18th annual of this premier show, takes place at a new location and time.

 

Patriots Day at the Concord Museum

Demonstration and Discussion of the silversmithing of Paul Revere
Monday, April 16, 2012 Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts

 

Designer Craftsmen and
Historic Home Show of Philadelphia

March 9, 2012 Preview Party 6:00-9:00
March 10, 2012 10:00-5:00
March 11, 2012 11:00-4:00
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa.

Please note that this year's event, the 18th annual of this premier show, takes place at a new location and time.

A Gathering of Craftsmen

Sun. November 13th
Wilton, Connecticut

Thirteen of the nation's best traditional artisans display their art and craft in a relaxed and intimate setting. Admission is free. This special event takes place at the New England Historical Connection, located at 300 Danbury Road, Route 7, Wilton, Connecticut. Hours are Sat. November 12th from 9 AM-5 PM, and Sun. November 13th from 10 AM-4PM. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the work amd talk with some of the most noted master artisans from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.

 

Maine Antiques Festival

Union, Maine
August 12-14, 2011

 

North Bennet St School

Boston Massachusetts
Introduction to Silver and Holloware

A hands on workshop in classic silversmithing

July 7-10, 2011 8:30- 4:30

Here's an opportunity to learn the basics of classic metalsmithing in an inspiring setting in the North End, Boston. The North Bennet Street School is renowned in the field of traditional arts and crafts, and offers 2 year programs, as well as 3-5 day workshops, in furniture and cabinetry , jewelry , violin making and piano technology, and bookbinding to name a few. It is a truly magical place in a wonderful historic neighborhood!

In this workshop, we will focus on the design and making of forms cups, bowls, and other forms in silver, brass, bronze and copper. Students of varying levels of experience will work on their own pieces at their own pace. If you have questions, contact Steve or NBSS.

 

The Classic Art of Silversmithing

A demonstration and discussion

The Art of Americas, Shapiro Family Courtyard

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sunday March 20th, 2011, 12:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday March 23, 5:30-8:00 PM

 

The Designer Craftsman and Historic Home Show of Philadelphia

Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pa.

February 4-6 2011

 

Historic Deerfield

Parker & Russell Silversmith Shop, Deerfield, MA
October 24, 2010 11:00-4:00 PM
Demonstration and discussion of classic silversmithing

 

American Heritage Chocolate Celebration
A demonstration of early American silversmithing
Silversmith shop, Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts
February 12, 2011 10:00AM-4:00 PM


Paul Revere and Beyond:
Understanding 18th-Century New England Silver

A One-day Forum, Saturday April 24, 2010
Presentations by Janine Falino, Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Amanda Lange, Curatorial Department Chair, Historic Deerfield; and Stephen Smithers, Master Silversmith of Ashfield, Massachusetts


Fairbanks House
Demonstration of Colonial Silversmithing
Dedham, MA
August 15, 2009

Decorative Arts Symposium: Collecting and Preserving Early America
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
March 16, 2008
A Winterthur Silver Symposium: American Silver of the Early 19th Century
In conjunction with Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher & Sidney Gardiner
Winterthur Museum, Winterthur DE Sept. 5 & 6, 2008.


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