David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, Clarke has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects.
The aesthetic most often associated with Clarke’s work relates to the subversive nature in which he responds to the entrenched traditions of silversmithing, often taking it to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately sets Clarke apart.
Alongside his own practice, Clarke has also been associate lecturer at; Konstfack, Sweden. South-Carelian Polytechnic Lappeenranta, Finland, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, Pforzheim School of Design, Germany, The Royal College of Art, London, Birmingham School of Jewellery, UK and Rhode Island School of Design. USA
Clarke was awarded the Diploma of Excellence during Scmuck Germany 1998, was a short listed finalist of the Jerwood Prize for Metals in 2005. He recieved the Sotheby’s Award in 2007 and in 2010 a winner of the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize.
Clarke has curated several installations and exhibitions in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
Clarke’s work has been purchased by Röhsska Museum - Göteborg, Sweden, the Marzee Collection - the Netherlands, Victoria & Albert Museum - London, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths - London, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery UK, The British Council Collection UK and The Crafts Council Collection, the National Museum – Oslo, as well as numerous international private collections.