THE PAPERWEIGHT PROJECT
The Paperweight collection is housed in the Clockmakers' Museum, one of the finest collections in the world of clocks and watches.
The Clockmakers' Museum is in the process of moving from Guildhall London to the Science Museum. We are very excited that the Paperweight Collection will be moving with them and open to the public in this prestigious location from March 2015. The Clockmakers' Museum and the Hand Engravers Association are delighted that their collections will now be more accessible to a wider audience.
Meanwhile, you can see the Paperweight Collection online in our Paperweight Gallery.
About the Project
"Hand engravers tend to work in a rather isolated fashion which is both a strength and a weakness. A major aim of the Association is to connect the many forms of practice encompassed within this skill.
Another inevitable consequence of this work is that most hand engraving is carried out on someone else’s work i.e. the client’s job. Often the engraver is never credited, is rarely recorded, and therefore the status of practitioners, the quality of what they do, slips through the net of public awareness.
The Paperweight Project is designed specifically to create a permanent record of contemporary hand engraving. This 5cm silver square mounted on a cube base provides an identical format in which there is freedom for participants to produce engraving of their own choosing. Thus their work can be seen both individually and collectively. As with most collections the total effect is much more than the sum of its parts
The Association welcomes practitioners of all ages and at all stages of their career. In this collection visitors will see those just starting out, those who run busy practices, those who’ve been working a lifetime, gun engravers, inscription engravers, carving and engraving for champlevé enamel, traditional forms, contemporary forms, all here permanently recorded for the first time in this way.
We are delighted that we have some immensely distinguished female artist / practitioners. This is an area where women can take advantage of the little workshop space needed, use of hand tools, as well as its potential for flexible working, to build a successful practice.
We hope this collection will create interest from those unaware of the wonderful high level of skill held in the UK for centuries and still practiced today. We hope it may also inspire some to take it up seriously carrying the tradition on into the future."
Former Chair, Exhibitions Organiser