Melissa Montague is a silversmith who creates handmade artefacts that question perceptions of value and fragility.

She is interested in the relationships between people and their objects, with particular focus on storage and use.

‘Water and Whisky’

This piece by Melissa Montague is simply called ‘water & whisky’ and is made from Britannia silver and Jarrah, an Australian hardwood. The piece consists of two hammer raised vessels, a water pot and a whisky tumbler and an integrated coaster in the wooden base. Both vessels have a constructed base and are finished with a matt and oxidised surface, which has been rubbed away to highlight the hammer marks. Melissa intends her pieces to show the versatility of silver whilst promoting the tactile qualities, using the surface finish to encourage physical interaction.

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