Benjamin James Ryan

Product: Mytilidae Dish
Materials: Sterling Silver, Gold Gilt
Dimensions: 800mm x 450mm x 100mm (Approx.)

The Mytilidae Dish is a sterling silver hand raised dish, designed as a large table centre piece, to hold and serve fresh water mussels. The piece takes its inspiration from the forms of mussel shells and the shallow rock pools where they can be found. The lemon gilt provides a warm pearlescent effect much like the insides of the Mytilidae shells.

The piece was commissioned by the Worshipful Company Of Goldsmiths’ as the winning entry for their “Young Designer Silversmith Award 2010”. It was presented to HRH Prince Charles at Goldsmiths Hall. It can be viewed at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, where it is on permanent display for public viewing as part of the museums growing Contemporary Silver Collection.