Simone Ten Hompel wins Glenmorangie Commission

Cass Reader in Metal to create major new piece of contemporary silverwork for National Museum of Scotland

Date: 11 December 2018

As part of the Creating Scotland project, National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie have commissioned Simone Ten Hompel, Reader in Metal at The Cass to create a major new piece of contemporary silverwork  for display in the National Museum of Scotland.

Leading artists and designers working in the medium of silver were invited to submit proposals and following close consideration of the applications by the judging panel, the Glenmorangie Commission was awarded to Simone

German-born Simone is a silversmith of international repute, and has been working with metal for over 40 years. Over the next year, she will work closely with curators here at National Museums Scotland, researching the early medieval collections. This will result in a new contemporary work of art in silver, inspired by the collection and themes that are being researched within the Creating Scotland project. In 2020 the finished silverwork will go on public display, as part of the permanent collection, within the National Museum of Scotland.

Simone said:

"To have been selected, from what I assume would have been a group of my contemporaries, is more than a special feeling. Words are not tactile enough to explain how I feel, but I am so very thrilled!

"It is a privilege to be able to work alongside the National Museum of Scotland and the Glenmorangie Commission. The commission allows me to explore historical methods of working with silver with contemporary tools, and all within a contemporary context. I am excited to work alongside the curators at the museum as we share ideas, helping me produce a piece of silverwork in my particular language."

The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland began in 2008 and since then has uncovered exciting new insights on this important period of Scotland’s past. The project is a pioneering partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland that was inspired by the Hilton of Cadboll stone. This stunning piece of early medieval sculpture was found close to the Glenmorangie distillery in Tain, Easter Ross, and is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in the Early People gallery. The carvings on the stone also provided the inspiration for the Glenmorangie brand logo.

Read more about the commission and the Glenmorangie Research Project here