A Crosier for the Bishop of Stepney (London)
A specially commissioned crosier made in collaboration with three other leading highly skilled practitioners in their crafts.
A design brief
With an emphasis on the need to produce a crosier that was to be used regularly and to be portable enough to be carried on London Transport.
Using design features encapsulating some of the Bishops passions including the poem
“As Dragonflies catch fire” by Gerald Manly-Hopkins and some existing pieces already commissioned a design brief was formulated.
What was soon apparent – the opportunity was there for the commission to involve a number of fellow makers.
The chosen makers were given the opportunity to design as well as make their part of the commission. Using the core influences of the design brief.
New techniques were used, many challenges were overcome in the making process resulting in a unique crosier for many generations to come.
The Designers and Makers
Colin Norgate – Lead Collaborator of the commission –
Fleur Grenier designed and made the Pewter Hook with an anodised aluminium kingfisher.
Sue Lowday designed and made the embossed leather case to contain the Crosier.
Robin Dimmock – a local Metal smith / Blacksmith made the specially designed threaded Stainless Steel connectors.
Although a one off piece – The possibilities are endless to the variation of designs that could be achieved.
Working with such a wealth of knowledge and talented makers – to achieve such a piece is plausible but it was challenging.
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