If you are an aficionado of fine silver and wondered how such detailed and artistic relief designs are placed on goblets, flatware, and even armor, then you will want to visit the Morristown & Township Library on Oct. 13, 2013.
Silver Chasing, as the process is called, will be described by silversmith Liza Nechamkin-Glasser––who has worked with Tiffany and Co. and other clients––and Louisa Bann of the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center.
The free program begins at 2 p.m. at the library, at One Miller Road in Morristown, where refreshments will be served.
More details are below:
FROM THE MORRISTOWN & TOWNSHIP LIBRARY:
From medieval armor to modern-day trophies, silversmiths have developed techniques to show off the gleam of the precious metal. Silver chasing involves hammering to depress, raise or move small areas of the metal to create relief designs, monograms or images without removing any of the metal. The work can be done on traditional silver cups, flatware goblets and vases or even on jewelry and religious elements.
Join silver expert Liza Nechamkin-Glasser as she demonstrates how through the use of a small array of tools, a silversmith can create intricate detail and can (literally) make a lasting impression on a silver surface. Nechamkin-Glasser will bring along examples of her work and tools (many of which she has specially designed herself) used in silver chasing and will provide a demonstration of the process. Nechamkin-Glasser has extensive experience working with silver holloware, having created numerous high profile hollowware pieces and American major league sports trophies during her time with Tiffany and Co. as a Silversmith/chaser.
In addition, Louisa Bann of the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center, will discuss a brief history of the American love affair with silver, the silversmithing trade in New Jersey and the emergence of the silversmithing industry in NJ homes. Bann will look at the evolution of a young country whose industries consisted of farming and shop-keeping, whose homes were decorated with simple utilitarian silver spoons and candlesticks and their churches with silver cups and tankards. The years between 1825 and 1900 will be examined specifically as America emerged from the restraints and dependence on European luxury goods to an economic, design and manufacturing power.
The silver on display for the event includes pieces from the collections of the Morris County Historical Society and the Library. The Historical Society’s collection features a sterling silver tea service made by Boyce & Jones of New York, circa 1825, and a pitcher made by Robert Rait, silversmith, jeweler and retailer, c. 1850. Thanks to a gift from Alice Caulkins, the Library has a sterling silver, Russian-style samovar, creamer and sugar bowl, circa 1860.
Liza Nechamkin-Glasser earned her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts and immediately thereafter went on to work for Tiffany and Company for 13 years as a Silversmith/Chaser. During this time she developed her silver restoration business and began to instruct chasing and jewelry workshops. Liza resigned her position with Tiffany and Co. to manage Nechamkin Silver Studios full-time and pursue the development and marketing of her chasing tools, custom holloware and restoration services.
Louisa Bann formerly worked as the Manager of the Archives at Tiffany and Co. and is currently on staff at the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center.
This free program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. Examples of silver from the collections of the Library and from the Morris County Historical Society will be on display.