For Immediate Release (August 23, 2007)


Contact:: Jeffrey Herman, Founder & Executive Director
Society of American Silversmiths
PO Box 786
rovidence, RI 02907
401/461-6840, Fax: 401/461-6841
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John Marshall Receives 2006 Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith's Award! 

Providence, RI — August 23, 2007 — Jeffrey Herman, Executive Director of the Society of American Silversmiths (SAS), announced that John Marshall has been selected to receive the 2006 Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith's Award.  "John Marshall has 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," said Mr. Herman. "Many of Mr. Marshall's 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. John Marshall is a humble and driven artist who has given the world a totally new and exciting way to appreciate silver."

Mr. Marshall chaired the Metalworking Department at the University of Washington School of Art, and was named Professor Emeritus in 2001. He also taught at Syracuse University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, with majors in silversmithing and design. Mr. Marshall's papers and drawings (1963-2003) are included in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. He is an American Craft Council Honorary Fellow, a peer-elected distinction reserved for artists of outstanding ability who have worked 25 years or more in their discipline. A two-and-a-half-minute video of John working, and more biographical information, can be found at

The Hans Christensen Award is named after the late Hans Christensen, silversmith at Georg Jensen Silversmithy in Denmark, and Professor of Silversmithing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. The annual award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field.

The Society of American Silversmiths was founded in April 1989 as the nation's only professional organization devoted solely to the preservation and promotion of contemporary silversmithing. In addition to an outstanding benefits package, all members have access to the Society's technical and marketing expertise through its free consulting service to members. Its Artisan members, those silversmiths who have been juried into the Society based on their outstanding technical skill, are provided with support, networking, and greater access to the market. The SAS Artisan member archive contains a maker's mark registry, over 1,400 slides and 400 photographs, and a resume for each Artisan member.

Through SAS, the public has access to a unique referral service that commissions silver holloware, flatware, and sculpture from its Artisans. The SAS Web site ( provides information on silversmithing techniques; silver care, restoration, and conservation; and the aesthetic value of this art form.

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