Chloe Darke silversmith

CHLOE DARKE: FUNCTION AND EXPRESSION IN METALSMITHING

Students will explore the work of metalsmith Chloe Darke, who produces silverware in traditional patterns for the company Old Newbury Crafters. Additionally, in her own studio work Darke creates expressive vessels she describes as “objects of empowerment,” and these reference the female form. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the functions of Chloe Darke’s tableware with her vessels, through a class debate arguing the value of each form—the utilitarian traditional silverware and the expressive contemporary vessels. Additionally, students will sketch a design for their choice of a utilitarian, historically based metal object, or a contemporary vessel with symbolic meaning.

Grade Level: 9-12

Episode: FORGE

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