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Individual silverware handmade for you

The perfect gift to keep forever

Commission work

Bring your gift idea to life and let Christopher Perry help you create the perfect silverware item. Whether it’s a personalised Christmas decoration, a special tumbler or an engagement ring, Christopher will use his traditional silversmithing techniques to bring a fresh perspective to your design.

He says, “Seeing the impact a commissioned piece can have on people, when you deliver an original piece of work to a customer, is quite emotional.”

My story

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in metalwork and jewellery, and then from Birmingham’s School of Jewellery with a Master of Arts in silversmithing. I have worked in the traditional Sheffield silversmith industry for more than 30 years – but I also see it as an art form.

I love the whole process of silversmithing. My designs are contemporary yet based on conventional techniques, such as hand chasing, scoring, folding and forging. I’m inspired by the tactile, by forging lines, angles and textures out of a two-dimensional sheet of metal.

I won silver in the 2021 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards Silversmiths Senior category, and bronze in the Polishing section, for my work on The 2020 Silver Piece for The Past Overseers’ Society; and made the centrepiece of the 2008 and 2021 St Leger trophies. I have also created a chain of office for the Rotary Club of Edinburgh; the 2016 Doncaster Cup, celebrating the race’s 250th anniversary; and co-designed Doncaster Racecourse’s Vertem Futurity Trophy.

Clients will give me a specific commission and I work to their set of rules. They invest in my knowledge and skills to come up with a piece of work that is beautiful, and which represents what they were hoping for. One of my favourite pieces was a commission for the Worshipful Company of Butchers – an award in memory of a loved one.

I haven’t yet reached the pinnacle of my career – I like to think that I’ve got some more wonderful work left in me. I’m always keen to extend and improve upon my skills.

In four easy steps

Get a bespoke piece made by Chris

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1. Get in touch

Let Christopher know your idea, your budget, and your timescale. You might have been inspired by work he has already done or have your own design.

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2. Planning

Christopher will work on sketches of your idea – when the final design is agreed, you will be asked for half the payment up front, with the balance due on delivery.

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3. Making

Christopher will let you know how long he expects it to take to make the piece . You can even come and visit the workshop to see the work in progress.

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4. Delivery

Christopher will personally deliver the piece, as handing it over is an important part of the process. He will explain how to look after it so you can handle it with confidence.

For all enquiries

Contact Chris

Phone:  +44 (0)787 065 1501
Workshop:  +44 (0)114 270 0340
Email: info@christopher-perry.co.uk
Address: Globe Steel Works, Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

MONDAY-FRIDAY 9:00 – 17:30

Alternatively, complete the form below. Christopher will get back to you as soon as possible.

FAQs

Commissioning simply means ordering a new piece of silverware, which Christopher will then create especially for you. Very little of his work is held in stock, so he usually has to make the pieces that you can see on this website.

The basic information Christopher needs is an idea of your budget and timescale. Then, has any of his current work inspired you? Is it for a special occasion? Would you like it engraved or personalised in any way? Are there any size constraints?

Prices on the website, with the exception of the Christmas Decorations, are meant as a guideline only, as the price of silver can vary according to the market. Please get in touch to discuss pricing.

When you and Christopher have agreed on a design, he will ask for half the money up front to start making it, then the balance when it is ready for delivery. Payment is usually done by cheque or bank transfer. 

Christopher frequently personally delivers his work, as he feels the handing over of it is an important stage of the process, and he wants the commissioner to be able to handle, use and know how to look after the piece confidently. Sometimes the easiest way to convey this is to show them.

Sometimes pieces take several weeks to make, and some clients have found it interesting to visit Christopher at his workshop in Sheffield to see the work in progress.

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