Barry Thomas

A thousand pieces of silver

In 1998 I decided to follow a long-held dream to work with silver. That idea turned into a 10 year sabbatical during which I designed and made silverware for cathedrals, stately homes, multi-national companies and private clients. Everything from a pair of solid gold whisky cups to a sterling silver replica printing press. My work can be found across the UK and USA, in a church in Moscow and in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In recognition of my work I was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

By its nature, IT work is ephemeral. Systems, tools and processes which are today the latest and greatest will soon be obsolete. My time at the bench gave me an opportunity to create something which will outlast my IT work by generations. These are just a few of my pieces: