THE PEWTERER                                            Link to Issue 9.4

Welcome to the December 2018  issue of The Pewterer, an e-magazine devoted to pewter, in support of pewter and the pewter trade, published by Alan Williams and endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.  The Company fully supports the trade and the metal, not least through the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen and the European Pewter Union; but also through its highly-rated annual design competition, Pewter Live.

The current issue of the e-zine is 9.4, and you can click-through, using the Link below; then let us have not just your comments but also ideas for future articles mailto:alan@thepewterer.org.uk. We have a wide range of articles this month, to suit all tastes: from Pewter in Brazil, the third article on this interesting subject, featuring Gregory Somers' striking designs; a third visit to Haddon Hall to see the progress on finding and cataloguing the pewter hidden away there; as story from the past - Englefield's (Crown & Rose) were one of the top names in pewter last century, and Roger Withrington was one of the last craftsmen who worked there.

What happened to them? We look at Grade 1 listed Avebury Manor and the pewter there; also at Carl Rickett's learned and interesting book on Early English Pewter Drinking Mugs; the Worshipful Company of Turners' bi-annual exhibition, held at Carpenters' Hall in November and called View, Love, Buy, was a cornucopia of brilliant design, and some of the pieces incorporated pewter. Watch this space for developments. Also, last but not least, a report of the Dutch Tin Association's 25th anniversary celebrations this year; and a look forward to the ABPC/EPU Conference in Sheffield next year. If you are interested in knowing more about the annual design competition, Pewter Live, do log into the Company’s site at http://www.pewterers.org.uk/ to look for more material about it and on the Company’s support for the trade. Pewter Live 2019 will take place at the Company's Hall in the City of London between the 21st and the 23rd May next year; its theme will be: 'Peace'.  It will be open to the public on the Wednesday, and entry is free 

So, yes, we do have a bumper issue. I hope you enjoy reading it.

By the way, Pewter Live’s mission is:

    "to encourage innovation in design in order to exploit pewter to its fullest potential and produce ideas that will stretch the boundaries of this marvellous material.  The object is     to bring pewter alive; to demonstrate an understanding of its inherent qualities and its appeal and relevance to contemporary consumers of all ages and tastes."

The Pewterer is now, to my continuing amazement, approaching its tenth anniversary.  I was looking back recently at the early volumes and was surprised at what a wide spread of interest the first articles in the first handful of ezines covered - articles on subjects as widely varied as 'The Decline of the Worshipful Company's Powers of Search', a Pewter Glossary, Tales from Apprenticeship; the efforts to re-open the South Crofty tin mine; the story, so far, of the Grainger Candlestick; brands and branding; pewter pilgrim badges; oh, and and many others.  Do go back into these early volumes and browse through them.

I look forward to hearing your views and comments; and also any ideas for articles, even articles themselves. In the meantime we have a number of articles already lined up for the next issue of The Pewterer. These include articles on: Norwegian pewter; pewter at St Mary's Buckler's Hard; more on St Dionys Backchurch; and a pewter swan.

Many thanks, enjoy The Pewterer and may we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Alan Williams                                                                                                                             Link to Issue 9.4