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Alan Place Lecture

Hi, for those of you in the vicinity of Boston,MA-- this should be a
very interesting lectuRe:

Silversmith Alan Place Lecture at the DeCordova Museum School,
Lincoln, MA Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 3 pm Admission is free and
reservations are required. Please call 781/259-0505 to book your
tickets for the lecture.

Internationally renowned Scottish silversmith Alan Place will hold a
lecture on his craft on Sunday, February 22 at 3 pm at the DeCordova
Museum School. Entitled Tears of the Moon: One Man’s Journey in the
World of Silversmithing, the reference owes its origin to the
Peruvian Incas, who called gold sweat of the sun and silver tears of
the moon.

Mr. Place will provide a historical overview of the practice of
silversmithing in social culture, with particular attention to the
impact that the trade exercised on banking, production of coinage,
and pawnbroking. Mr. Place will also address the history of
goldsmiths and their role during the British Civil War
(Cromwell/Charles I). Of equal interest will be his discussion of
how his designs, commissions, and final products have come about, as
well as the nature of the commissions he has executed. Key pieces

  • Twickenham Plate (38-piece banqueting servicefor the
    Richmond/Twickenham Local Council)
  • Rose bowl for the Queen Mother
  • Badge of Office for Leslie & Fife (Scotland)
  • Chalice, Liverpool Cathedral
  • Select pieces for Old Newbury Crafters,hollowware makers and
    flatware designers

Tears of the Moon: One Man’s Journey in the World of Silversmithing
will include slides of approximately 80 widely varied pieces of Mr.
Place’s work. This talk will be of interest to silversmiths,
jewelers, fine art silver collectors (historic and contemporary), as
well as those with an interest in the role of the artisan in the late
twentieth century.

Mr. Place’s career training includes degrees from the Glasgow
College of Art, Royal College of Art, and Leeds and Sheffield College
of Art; studies with Master Silversmith Alan Fisher; an
apprenticeship with Fisher & Wrenwick Silversmiths; and coveted
certification for the City & Guild of London exams for silversmiths.

Alan Place lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he maintains a
silversmithing studio. He is currently a visiting artist in the
DeCordova Museum School Jewelry/Silversmithing program. This lecture
is underwritten through the DeCordova Annual Benefit’s Visiting
Artist Fund.

Admission is free and reservations are required. Please call
781/259-0505 to book your tickets for the lecture on Sunday, February
22 lecture at 3 pm. 55 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA

Directions to DeCordova

DeCordova is located within easy access of Interstates 93, 95, 495,
Route 2, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

  • From Route 2: Take Rte 2 to Rte 126 South. Take a left on Baker
    Bridge Road (street immediately following Walden Pond). At the end of
    Baker Bridge Road, take a right onto Sandy Pond Road. DeCordova is
    1/4 mile on the left.

  • From I-495: Exit Rte 2 East and follow above directions.

  • From I-95: Take Exit 28, Trapelo Road/Lincoln. Follow Trapelo Road
    approximately 2 1/2 miles until you reach a five-road intersection.
    Continue straight ahead onto Sandy Pond Road. The Museum is 1/2 mile
    on the right.

  • From Mass Pike: Take I-95 North at the Weston Tolls and follow
    above directions.

  • From I-93: Take I-95 South exit and follow above directions