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Three Dimensional Design

Manchester School of Art


Peter Musson

Graduated 1999

Designer Silversmith

My work is varied, there is no typical day. Currently I am working on commissions, like making silverware for New Colleges Oxford bowls and cutlery. I am developing my own work for exhibition like 'collect'. My skills in silversmithing and ceramics have also helped me in model making for a few different people, such as the artist Anish Kapoor and architect David Adjaye.

I have always loved working in metal from young age, but I wanted to know about other materials. This is one reason I decided to look at the MMU course. I found a course that delivered on so many different levels, Professional outlook to design this was not a "craft" course which was the only other type of course.

MMU produced independent free thinking students that were not bound by design constants of one material. MMU gave me the confidence in working in different materials and working with other professionals.

MMU gave me core skills in many different area of design, like working in paper for model making and explaining my ideas though sketches. To make quick models and develop designs in a fluid manner, to embraces and follow the abstract process which will lead to an unexpected outcomes.

My advice for students would be: enjoy the pressures of the course, take time to relax enjoy Manchester's diverse and unique cultures, take advice from your peers and staff, and listen to yourself.

Selected Commissions:
Engineers of Lubbock Scholars at Balliol College, Oxford,
The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Sculptor Anish Kapoor, 4th plinth Trafalgar Square
Cutlery for Swarovski Crystal
David Adjaye Sssociates, architecture, model for Carnegie Art Institute USA 2007
Porta Romana, lighting design
The Keatley Trust
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal College of Art
The Royal Mint, medal collection
Pembroke College Oxford
New College Oxford

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