The Mystery of Dutch Raising

Sandra Wilson (Artist)

    Research output: Other contribution


    ‘The Mystery of Dutch Raising’ is a multi-component culminative research output in which Wilson examines the silversmithing technique of Dutch Raising, a lesser-known skill whose method, process and best practices had not been previously documented. Initial research was funded by the UK Silver Society and consisted of a thorough review of the method. The results of which have contributed new knowledge and craft to the field. This ‘lost’ method is not detailed in instructional books, so the research brings historic craft into contemporary practice.

    Wilson’s research brings together: a review of historical literature; interviews with leading international experts; and ‘research through practice’ towards the production of three artefacts. The research was disseminated through exhibitions, publications and outputs including new learning resources. The research has attracted worldwide attention from contemporary silversmithing organisations, communities of practice as well as scholars and has enriched the field.

    Through Wilson’s research the craft of contemporary silversmithing is enriched, specifically in the advantages in technique and tooling with the ability to more easily control, form and utilise thinner sheets of metals. The technique also has many advantages for students.

    Dissemination of the research includes an article in Silver Studies the Journal of the Silver Society, a presentation at the European Silversmiths Forum (2019) that included 110 participants. The artefacts were exhibited at the Visual Arts Scotland show at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (29 January- 8 March 2018). Scholars have benefitted from documentation of the technique which has been published in Handouts for the 21st Century VIII by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the first UK-authored contribution to this series. As a result of the project, Wilson was awarded Full Membership of Contemporary British Silversmiths (2019) and Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London (2020).
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeMulti Component Output
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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