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ANTIQUES TRADE GAZETTE
1 DEC 2007

Not common in Yorkshire. . .
BY JOAN PORTER
THERE's something unusual at one of Kath Libbert's two jewellery Christmas shows at Salts Mill in Saltaire, Yorkshire which are already open for business. These are Sian Anwyl Williams' set of three sheep "ear-marking" spoons, made of silver and steel.
Sian, winner of this year's Goldsmiths Precious Metals Bursary Award, comes from a farming family in the hills above the Conwy Valley in North Wales. She takes her inspiration from these rich agricultural surroundings... and a small, old, torn book.
A farming tradition, particularly for sheep that roam in the mountains and moorlands of Wales, is the custom of identifying sheep. Each farm has a set of marks which are cut into the sheeps' ears. The book shown in the picture right, which is not for sale, came from a previous owner
of Sian's family farm, who had collected sheep ear markings from all the local farms and compiled them into a book with diagrams of the markings, and listings of all the farms they belonged to alphabetically under every local village.
Each spoon has been hand-forged using traditional hammers on an anvil, with the steel spoon heated to give a blackened effect.
They have been stamped with names of local farms taken from the book. The two silver spoons are £450 each and the steel spoon is £300.
Sian and other top jewellery talents exhibiting at the gallery can be contacted at Kath Libbert's Gallery on 01274 599790 or see www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk