David Clayton was born in England and trained as a restoration silversmith. He has combined restoration with making a range of new silverware in Australia for over 30 years.
"I believe the best classical design, from a Viking longboat to a Concord supersonic aircraft, is based on strong clean lines, and these are the qualities I strive for in my work."
Since being selected in the first Crafts Board national craft exhibition to tour Australia and abroad, Australian Crafts of 1977, David has been commissioned to make the ceremonial mace for James Cook University in Townsville and has had work purchased by the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2004 David was commissioned to make the Primatial Cross for the Archbishop of Melanesia. At the Buda 2005 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork exhibition, in Victoria, David was awarded the Leviny Commemorative Award for excellence in design and craftsmanship.
"The aim of my new work for Definite Style is to produce an item valued by its owner and able to be passed on for future generations."
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