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Assay Master Attends Launch of Yorkshire Artspace's 'Silver Space'

Published: 19th October 2023

Assay Master Attends Launch of Yorkshire Artspace's 'Silver Space'

Earlier this month, Assay Master Ashley Carson and Curator Emma Paragreen were delighted to attend the launch of Yorkshire Artspace's 'Silver Space' - a northern hub for contemporary silversmithing where silversmiths can forge the networks they need to thrive.

Through the popular Silversmithing Starter Studio, Yorkshire Artspace and Sheffield Assay Office have supported the development of emerging silversmiths for over 20 years. In 2022, investment from the Goldsmiths Centre Charity and JG Graves Charitable Trust enabled the refurbishment of the studio and its launch as Silver Space.

The space now includes:

  • Individual workstations with jeweller's bench and lockable storage
  • A wide range of silversmithing stakes
  • Large hearth and gas torch
  • Microwelder
  • Access to hammers and hand tools
  • A selection of vices and bench shear
  • Large fly press
  • Draw bench
  • Metalwork lathe
  • Milling machine
  • Polishing wheels and linisher
  • Pillar Drill
  • Bandsaw and disc sander
  • Video conferencing tech for online meetings and classes

The newly refurbished Silver Space is now available to hire to silversmiths on a flexible daily, weekly or monthly basis and to organisations interested in hosting activity.

For any Silver Space hire enquiries, please contact Rachael Dodd at

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

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