Hal Messel is an English silversmith and fine artist who creates highly imaginative silverware and sculpture commissions.
He trained in the Huguenot silversmithing tradition, acquiring a broad technical repertoire under Steve Wager, an Asprey’s silversmith of 25 years. In 2011 he was awarded a commendation for his technical ability by the Goldsmiths’ Company and, under their auspices, took up an apprenticeship with the celebrated silversmith Jocelyn Burton.
Having set up in business under his own name, his enthusiasm and imaginative designs swiftly led to notable private commissions . "The St George's House Tree of Wisdom" is on permanent display at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle which was presented to HRH Prince Philip.
Hal has worked with a some of the most prestigious interior designers in the UK and the US. Colefax and Fowler hosted a solo exhibition for him at their showroom during The London Craft Week. Devoted to maintaining and encouraging traditional skills he often incorporates other media in his pieces, and has worked with glass casters Jackson Fawkes on several pieces. Hal also has a collection availed through www.whiteworksgroup.co.uk as well as being available for private commissions.