Celeb Design: Silver of the Stars

Celeb Design: Silver of the Stars

Susie Nadler
Aug 4, 2009

Sir Sean Connery and his silver loving cup (or quaich),
designed by Scottish silversmith Michael Lloyd

Okay, sure, Sean Connery is handsome... but check out that silver loving cup he's holding!! Now that's gorgeous! The cup is part of a traveling exhibition of silver drinking vessels, currently showing at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, collaboratively designed by Scottish celebrities and silversmiths. Each celeb/artist duo was asked to design a piece of silver on the theme of "a drink with a close friend." Exhibition proceeds go to charity, and some of the pieces are really quite striking...

Silversmithing is a centuries-old tradition in Scotland, but the art is still widely practiced today, and "Silver of the Stars" is intended to showcase the marriage of old techniques with modern design. This coffee set, designed for Ewan McGregor by the artist Marion Kane, is a lovely example, with fine hammered silver paired with reclaimed motorbike handles.

The comedian Billy Connolly is a tea drinker, and also a motorcycle enthusiast, so this tea service is meant to recall his Harley. Glasgow artist Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill used Connolly's own drawing of his hog as a basis for the design.

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen wanted a goblet and spoon for drinking absinthe, so the artist Graham Stewart fashioned this heavy, almost medieval-looking cup with two opposing faces.

Click over to the "Silver of the Stars" site for a peek at more of the pieces in the exhibit, or visit the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design to check out the collection in person.

(Images: Silver of the Stars)

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