Angus McFadyen

Born: 1962

Angus McFadyen trained in 3-Dimensional Design at Manchester Polytechnic, before completing a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. Now based in Derbyshire, he has since become a member of Contemporary British Silversmiths and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. He is the current Chair of the Hand Engravers Association, where he teaches on the short course programme.

Angus taught himself to engrave through trial and error, carefully translating designs from his sketches onto silver forms. McFadyen’s Fern Vase, commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is one of the first items he made using fine (99.9%) silver, which, due to its softness, is easier to raise. The motif for McFadyen’s Honeysuckle vase is inspired by a wallpaper pattern by British Arts and Crafts designer Lewis Foreman Day (1845 - 1910). Flowers engraved in low relief are set against a background pattern of slightly elongated dots cut at right angles to one another, which allows light to reflect from different decorative elements with each turn and from every angle.

Public collections include: The Rabinovitch Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Goldsmiths’ Company, London; The Pearson Silver Collection

Public commissions include: Silver for Derby Cathedral, Staff and Pectoral Cross for the Bishop of Gloucester, Silver for Lismore Castle, Silver for Chatsworth House, Ceremonial Mace for Manchester Metropolitan University

Angus' work was featured in A Natural Selection, May 2019 and in The Miniature Menagerie, December 2020. He presents new work in Malcolm Appleby & Friends, August 2021.


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