William Kirk

Born: 1933
Died: 2009

Born in 1933, William Kirk was workshop trained in Edinburgh before establishing his own studio in 1961. As a tutor of silversmithing firstly at Glasgow School of Art (1961-1978) and then at Edinburgh College of Art (1980-1999) Kirk has been a significant influence on the nurturing and development of fine silversmithing skills in Scotland. 

Collections include: 

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum; Huntley House Museum, Edinburgh; University of Edinburgh; National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Public Collections include: 

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen; The Museum of Edinburgh; Edinburgh University, Napier University; Stirling University; and Bute House Collection. 

'William Kirk's complete mastery of techniques such as hand raising, mark him out as a silversmith who really understood the nature of the medium.  His elegantly simple, yet beautiful wrought tumbler cups and larger bowls speak to me of the great Scottish masters of the seventeenth century, and yet are so obviously of the present.' - George Dalgleish, former Principal Curator, Scottish History, Scotland and Europe Department, National Museums Scotland

To view sculptures by this artists, click here.

  • Two Semi-circular Containers on Gilded Slate
    William Kirk

    Two Semi-circular Containers on Gilded Slate

    2004
    silver, slate base
    H:12.6cm W:12cm L:23cm
    £4,500
    Photograph: Shannon Tofts
  • Small Hammer Raised Silver Cups
    William Kirk

    Small Hammer Raised Silver Cups

    2003
    Silver
    H:4cm W:6cm
    £750 each
  • Hammer Raised Silver Beaker with Millennium Mark
    William Kirk

    Hammer Raised Silver Beaker with Millennium Mark

    2000
    Silver
    H:6.5cm W:6.5cm
    £1,650
  • Alphabet Lettercut Slate
    William Kirk

    Alphabet Lettercut Slate

    2004
    Slate
    H:15.3cm W:15.3cm D:2.1cm
    £950
    Photograph: Shannon Tofts
  • Tall Silver Beaker and Hammer Raised Silver Tumbler Cup
    William Kirk

    Tall Silver Beaker and Hammer Raised Silver Tumbler Cup

    2003
    Silver
    £1,750 (left: H9.6 x D6.1 cms), £1,500 (right H5 x D7.5 cms)
    Photograph: Shannon Tofts
  • Hammer Raised Silver Vessel
    William Kirk

    Hammer Raised Silver Vessel

    2004
    Silver
    H:5cm W:21.2cm
    £7,500
  • Hammer Raised Shallow Bowl
    William Kirk

    Hammer Raised Shallow Bowl

    2002
    Silver
    H:7.7cm W:12.2cm
    £2,200
  • Hammer Raised Silver Bowl
    William Kirk

    Hammer Raised Silver Bowl

    1999
    Silver
    H:8.5cm W:23cm
    £9,500
    Photograph: Shannon Tofts