Brett Payne is a leading British silversmith with over twenty-five years experience. His approach to design and making combines the ancient technique of hot forging with original and contemporary ideas of form.
Brett Payne is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Freeman of The Cutlers’ Company of Hallamshire, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, a past Chairman of The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council and a Director of British Silver Week.
He regularly exhibits his work both in the UK and abroad and has participated in numerous exhibitions, most notably at The Pompidou Centre, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; The Keith Lippert Gallery, Washington; The Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow and at The Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. In recent years he has exhibited his work in Munich, New York and Antwerp, as well as Finland, Holland and Denmark.
Brett has won many awards for his craftsmanship and his work can be seen in numerous collections including the V&A, the Vintners’ Company, The Cutlers’ Company and The House of Lords.
Brett’s workshop is in an area of Sheffield that was once the heart of the city’s silversmithing industry and is still home to a number of small workshops. Brett designs and hand-makes all his silverware and many of his own tools in this workshop. Take a look at our blog or videos page for more on how each piece is made.