Meet the Artist
Born in 1933, William Kirk was workshop trained with Charles & Norah Creswick 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.
‘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.
Public Collections include:
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum; The Museum of Edinburgh; Edinburgh University; Napier University; Stirling University; Museum of Edinburgh (City of Edinburgh Council); Bute House Collection.