Alumnus to appear in Sky Arts' Master Crafters: The Next Generation

Congratulations to Foundation Degree Arts - Metalwork alumnus Henry Ball who will be appearing in a brand new series of Bill Bailey’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation.

The series celebrates and explores three traditional heritage crafts in all their glory: wood carving, stained glass and silversmithing.

We caught up with Henry ahead of the show airing:

"Filming on the TV show was a lot of fun, they got in touch with me in October and asked if it’s something I might be interested in taking part in, to which I said, ‘why not!?’...

It was great to meet the other makers and befriend the other silversmiths, but I also got to work with some great craftspeople and, of course, spending that time with Bill Bailey was amazing! The fact that it resulted in a commission from HM King Charles III is something that I’m still processing. I’m very open about the fact that before I started at West Dean, I had no clue about what metalworking entailed.

For me, West Dean was the opening to the rabbit hole of silversmithing that I’ve since fallen down, but it did give me a solid introduction and foundation for everything that I’ve done since graduating."

Bill Bailey’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation airs Thursdays at 8pm on Sky Arts.