The Art of Silversmithing with Steve Smithers

This lecture demonstration with master Silversmith Steve Smithers will discuss the history of silversmithing on Nantucket from the 18th Century to the present day.  See examples from the NHA collection and learn about their origin and the silversmiths who made them.  There will be a discussion and demonstration of some of the tools and techniques involved in creating silver for the home.


Steve Smithers is a master silversmith who has been creating hand-hammered hollowware and lighting in silver, brass, and bronze and restoring early metalware since 1975.  He has taught extensively at Eastfield Village in East Nassau, NY, North Bennett Street School in Boston, and Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA.  Among the many clients with whom Steve has worked on symposiums, demonstrations, and consulting assignments are: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Winterthur Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Paul Revere House.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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