Thursday, 22 January 2009

Michael Burton

Silversmith and musician Michael Burton has been a friend since we met at boarding school forty-nine years ago.

He and his work are featured this week in the Western Morning News (link coming).

Michael is an extraordinarily gifted craftsman, working in silver and ivory (and other materials) to create a rich panoply of objects, many of them based on the natural world, animal life and the architecture of his adopted county of Somerset.

Years ago I became the proud owner of a Burton original, a silver porringer whose lid bears a tiny silver village, with cottages clustering around an ivory-roofed church.

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