THOUGHTS: An excellent piece of work. Good reflective qualities displaying balance between matte and high-gloss textures, Good basic silversmithing throughout. I am completely pleased with this piece. It represents some of my best technical work. Aesthetically, it is very pleasing. Basket-weave design is a very traditional old French technique; some of the tools used to do this were handed down to me by my mentor and originated in a late 18th century French studio.
I particularly like the rounded base as it tends to lift the design off of whatever surface it is on. Piece represents a significant amount of work. The finish on the top’s star design is pure chasing, no sanding/buffing-wheel work. Achieving this smooth a surface with a hammer struck tool is not easy, but the fact that it throws back light in an innumerable-faceted quality allows it to glisten rather than simply shine: definitely worth the effort.