The Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith's Award
2006 Award Winner: John Marshall


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Jeffrey Herman, SAS Executive Director: John Marshall was chosen as the 2006 recipient for many reasons. He's produced astounding large-scale and innovative pieces throughout his career. His amazing ability to move metal and push the material to its absolute limits is nothing short of phenomenal. Many of his major commissions have combined silver and some of the world's largest natural gemstones. Simply handling these major specimens while creating support structures for them is a feat in itself.

Marshall's teaching skills, including establishing the metals department at the University of Washington, have produced many admiring and successful metalsmiths.

John Marshall is a humble and driven artist who has given the world a totally new and exciting way to appreciate silver.

John Marshall


1960-65: BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio - major Silversmithing and Design
1965-67: MFA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Teaching Experience

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, School of Art
1975-01: Professor, University of Washington, School of Art
1970-75: Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Art, Chairman, Metalworking Department
1968-70: Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
1965-68: Instructor, School of Art, Syracuse, New York


American Crafts Council
Society of American Silversmiths
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)  Founding Member

Public & Museum Collections

Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Art & Design, New York, New York
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Mukhina School of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia
National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Yale University Silver Collection, New Haven, Connecticut

Exhibitions, Awards, Shows

2007: William Traver Gallery (all new work), August
2007: Colors of Light & Stone (objects from the Michael Scott Collection), Bowers Museum, Santa Anna, California
2005: Light and Stone, Scott Collection, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China.
2005-06: Eleven Decades of Modern Silver, A Taste for Coffee and Tea, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. (Coffee & Tea Set, Ruth Nutt).
2002: Michael Scott collection exhibited in the show, Highlights from the Scott Gem Collection, the Bowers Museum, Santa Anna, California.
2001: Interviewed by Lloyd Herman for the National Archives, Washington, DC
1999: Artisans in Silver:  Enduring Traditions Through the Next Millennium, Society of American Silversmiths, National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1998: One-Man Show, Point of View, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
1997: Centennial Metals Exhibition, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts (Mokume Gane Sculpture)
1996: Four Decades of Discovery: The 40th Anniversary of the American Craft Museum Exhibition, American Craft Museum, New York, New York. (Chalice, 1967).
1994: Sculpture Concerns, Contemporary American Metalworking, American Craft Museum, New York, New York.
1992: Aspects in the Development of Silversmith Art after 1945, two pieces featured in Silber Gestaltung: also two students' works, Hanau, Germany.
1991: Invited to show, Fortune Silver Competition III, Silver New Forms and Expressions, New York, New York.
1990: Reflections of Past and Present:  Contemporary American Silver, Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.
 - Art That Works, The Decorative Arts of the Eighties Crafted in America.
1989: Silver in Service, a national exhibition of tableware organized by the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington.
1988: Masters of American Metalsmithing, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee. Coffee set.
1988: Invited to show, Fortunoff Competition, New York, New York.
1988: Hong-ik Metalcrafts Association Exhibition,  Walker Hill Art Center Museum, Seoul, Korea; Yuma Art Museum, Arizona; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.
1987: Invitational, Craft Today, Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, New York, New York; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.
1987: National Ornamental Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1985: Invitational, Contemporary Metal USA, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California.
1985: Invitation, two pieces Masterworks of American Jewelry Since 1950, London, England, Victoria and Albert Museum.
1983: One-Man Show, Concepts Gallery, Carmel, California.
1981: Embellishment Beyond Function, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.
1981: Shapes as Ideas: Abstraction, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
1980: Washington Crafts, 1980 Governor's Invitational Art Exhibition, Olympia, Washington. Silver Bowl
1976: Chalice selected for exhibition in the American Liturgical Show at the Vatican, Rome, Italy.
1976: Exhibition of Liturgical Art, International Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia Civic Center, Pennsylvania; ecumenical cup, lavabo bowl, cruets.
1976: Invitational, American Library, Bucharest, Romania.
1975: Forms in Metal, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, New York.
1974: North American Goldsmiths, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, and the Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; sterling silver serving bowl.
1974: American Metalsmiths, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; coffee set.
1974: World Silver Fair, Mexico City, Mexico: sterling silver wine server.
1974: Spangle, an invitational exhibition of work by eight American metalsmiths and jewelers, Sheffield Polytechnic School of Art and Design Gallery, Sheffield, England.  Also shown at Richard Demarco Gallery, Melville Center, Edinburgh, Scotland: sterling silver server.
1973: One-Man Show, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
1972: Invitational, two wall enamels, National Enamel and Glass Show, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
1972: Jewelry and Hollowware Show, Design Center Gallery, Iowa  State University, Ames, Iowa.
1972: Invitational, two pieces of jewelry, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, American Crafts Council Gallery opening, New York, New York.
1972: Second Prize in Metal work, 22nd National Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas:  sterling silver wine server.
1972: Chalice, Objects USA Show, selected for an 18-month tour of major European cities, opening in Paris and traveling to Milan, Stockholm, Helsinki, London.
1971: Second National Invitational Contemporary Crafts Show, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York:  gold bowl, enamel, candlesticks.
1970: Two pieces selected for Religious Art Exhibition, Washington, DC 31st National Art Conference on Religious Architecture.
1970: Icasals National Jewelry Exhibition, Texas University, Lubbock, Texas. Two pieces selected, one recommended for honorable mention.
1970: American Metalcraft Award, National Enamels Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis Missouri.
1969: Chalice acquired for the Objects USA Collection sponsored by the Johnson Wax Company.
1968: Three man show, College of Cortland, State University of New York, Cortland, New York.
1968: Thomas C. Thompson Prize for enamel, 25th Ceramic National Competition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York:  wall enamel., Museum purchase award.
1968: One-Man Show, Joseph I. Lubin House of Syracuse University, New York, New York.
1967: One-Man Show, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York.
1967: One-Man Show, Lowe Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
1966: National Merit Award presented by the American Crafts Council at the Craftsmen's USA '66 Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, New York.
1965: Second Place Award, Sterling Today; competition sponsored by the Sterling Silversmiths Guild of America: sterling silver creamer and sugar.
1964: First Place Award, Sterling Today; competition sponsored by the Sterling Silversmithing Guild of America: sterling silver coffee set.
1964: Horace C. Potter Award for Excellence in Silversmithing, Cleveland, Ohio.
1963: Annual May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art, Honorable Mention: ring.


2003: Yale Bowl: silver, carved acrylic, mokume-gane, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
2001: Metamorphis Revisited;, silver sculpture with mokume-gane and carved acrylic created in memory of William Clare and Lillie McKeen Neff for the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
2001: 3 piece Silver centerpiece base, carved acrylic base.
2000: Silver Vase Sculpture, carved acrylic base, Private Collection, Shoreline, Washington.
 Silver Cup, Private Collection, New York, New York.
1999: Coffee and Tea Set with Tray, Private Collection, Seattle, Washington.
1998: Sloughing, Private Collection, Mokume-Gane (Sterling Silver, Copper) Basalt.
1997: Shadow, Michael Scott Foundation, silver palladium sculpture with crystal.
- Coffee and Tea Set with Tray  Scott Foundation
- Fountain, Basalt and Silver, 8', White Rose Foundation.
- Silver Sculpture Vase, Private Collection, New York, New York.
1996: Serpent, Michael Scott Foundation commission, silver, mokume gane sculpture with crystal.
- Explosive, Michael Scott Foundation commission, silver bowl, marble base with crystal.
- Silver, Acrylic Sculpture Vase Private Collection.
1995: White Rose Foundation, Expectations Fulfilled, bottle form with double terminated aquamarine, silver, and acrylic.
1994: Michael Scott Foundation, Manifestation, silver sculpture.
- Michael Scott Foundation, Metamorphis, mokume-gane bottle form.
- Silver Vase, carved acrylic base.
1993: White Rose Foundation permanent collection, Organic Cube, silver sculpture.
- White Rose Foundation, Boundaries Never Existed, cut topaz silver sculpture.
1992: White Rose Foundation, California (sterling silver sculpture with nine pound topaz.
1991: Seattle Opera Association, Seattle, Washington (silver engraved cup and base)
- Silver Sculpture for Star Rose Quartz Sphere, White Rose Foundation, California
- Spring, Mokume Gane Vase, Private Collection, New York, New York/Memphis, Tennessee.
1988: Titanium, Silver, Iron, 6' wall sculpture, Private Collection, Seattle, Washington.
- Two sets of candleholders, Private Collection, Seattle, Washington.
- Chased and repoussed raised bowl and candleholder, Private Collection, Edmonds, Washington.
- Eight flatware designs for Private Collection, Seattle Washington (2 year commission).
1987: Coffee tea service, Private Collection, Seattle, Washington
- 16 ft. Wall Sculpture, United Methodist Church, Edmonds, Washington.
1984: Designed and executed six-gallon sterling silver bowl and marble base honoring Airborne Rangers, Korean War.
1982: Two pieces, Lannan Foundation West Palm Beach, Florida.
1981: Lannan Foundation, West Palm Beach, Florida.  2 year commission; three large sterling silver pieces.
1979: Set of crosses, First United Methodist Church, Edmonds, Washington.
- Silver and acrylic sculpture, Lannan Foundation, West Palm Beach, Florida.
1977: Two gold and precious stone neckpieces.
- Acrylic and silver sculpture, Lannan Foundation, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- Punch bowl and two ladles, Lannan Foundation, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- Punch bowl and ladle with 32 cups, Private Collection, Sandusky, Ohio.
- Objects USA chalice selected for the Contemporary Crafts Museum, New York.
- Candleholders, Private Collection, Cleveland, Ohio.
- Enamel on Fine Silver and Copper, Private Collection, Sandusky, Ohio.
1973: Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington, baptismal bowl, chancel cross, and candleholders.
1972: College of Cortland, State University of New York, processional mace.
1970: Syracuse University, Water pitcher to honor Chancellor William P. Tolley for 25 years of service.
- Gold bracelet for Mrs. William P. Tolley's in honor of Chancellor Tolley's 25 years of service.
1969: Hendricks Chapel House, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, gold communion cup.
1968: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Chancellor's
1967: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, New York cruets and lavabo bowl. 
1966: Rolling Rock Hunt Racing Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, memorial trophy.


2006: Hans Christensen Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of American Silversmiths.
2004: Papers and drawings selected for the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian.
2001: Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
1993: The American Craft Council College o Fellows, Award in Metals.


1998: JOHN MARSHALL, METALSMITH, Henry Art Gallery Catalog, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington: Metalsmith John Marshall, by Dana Standish, CRAFT, Aug/Sept/98.
1991: John Marshall, A Conversation with Patterson Sims, METALSMITH, Summer 1991, Volume II, No. 3: JOHN MARSHALL, METALSMITH, The National Ornamental Metal Museum Catalog, Memphis, Tennessee.
1985: Sublime Passages and Other Reflections: The Work of John Marshall C. E. Licka, American Craft April/May.

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