Michael and Maureen Banner have worked together as silversmiths for forty years. They make a variety of hand wrought sterling silver hollow ware, including tea and coffee servers and sets, candle sticks, menorahs and vases as well as other objects by special commission. These have proved attractive to collectors of antique and modern silver and been said by museum curators to be in the design tradition of Knox and Georg Jensen.
|The Banners’ tea or coffee pots may be bought as individual items ($10-15,000), or as part of a set (from $25,000). Sculptural as they are, these items are also functional. Balance is key to the design. ‘The vessels not only hold and pour liquids, but they do so with the utmost care and grace.” Metalsmith Summer 2001.|
Their work has garnished numerous awards, and can be seen in many private and public collections, including those of the Currier Museum, New Hampshire; The Kamm Collection, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton; the Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum ; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; the Massachusetts Brauer Museum of Art; the Valparaiso Indiana and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte North Carolina.
For a little insight into their work, watch Michael and Maureen’s video.