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Encouraged by the desire to create works perfectly adapted for worshipping, Félix Granda always took special care when creating objects aimed at being in contact with the Blood and Body of Christ such as chalices, monstrances and ciboria.
This zeal enabled him to work, right from the start, with the best craftsmen, who knew how to bring his imaginative creations to life, becoming works of art once they materialised.
True to the founder’s spirit, the liturgical items created in our art workshops are clad in that spirit of perfection, made with painstaking efforts and using top quality materials.
Nowadays, GRANDA is one of the few places where these age-old traditions survive in its art workshops. Based on these same principles and with more than 100 years’ experience, the silversmith’s workshop seeks to shape Beauty and fill the sacred objects with symbolism, so that they are not merely dead instruments in the hands of a priest. At Granda, the creative process starts with the design emerging in the artist’s mind. Everything is thought about and everything is meditated: from the materials to be used and the symbols to be engraved, to the technical ornaments that will be used. This idea is embodied in a drawing, which materialises the object that is going to be made, adapting it to its function and the place where it is going to be.
At the silversmith’s workshop, only metals are used both in the internal and external structure. The silversmiths and bronzesmiths do their best and apply all their knowledge to make works of art by enriching them with metal embossments, precious stones, enamels and friezes. The method to create the different silversmith pieces usually differs depending on the materials, size and technical complexity of each object.
In the silversmith section, silver and gold objects are made such as chalices, ciboria, monstrances, patens and incense boats using the forging, carving and soldering techniques for the objects that cannot be created using a wheel or other procedures. If the work design requires this, the jewellers make the settings for the gemstones or other ornaments.
The largest objects such as tabernacles, processional crosses, candlesticks and lamps are made by the bronzesmiths, who make and assemble by hand the pieces that make up the object. For example, the interior of the tabernacles are especially enriched with gold metal ornaments, which include a decorative relief with Eucharistic motifs, since the dignity of beauty must always be present in anything that is directly in contact with the body of Christ.
The objects made in GRANDA’s silversmith workshop use the most refined artisan techniques and the best materials, thus ensuring maximum survival of the object. Since the objects are to be used for worshipping, we use noble metals such as gold and silver, and other metal supports such as bronze, copper and iron. Apart from those materials, we also work with enamels, precious stones and semiprecious stones, thus providing colour and brightness to the objects.
Since GRANDA takes care of all the details, it makes sure that all the chalices and ciboria are golden inside. To ensure that the objects reach the clients under the best conditions and are preserved, they are delivered in boxes that have been especially built and made individually to protect each object.