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New Silver commissions by The Starter Studio Programme participants at Yorkshire Artspace sponsored by Sheffield Assay Office.

13 Jan 2017

Sheffield Assay Office is delighted to announce that two new pieces of silverware have been commissioned for 2017.  Victoria Radcliffe, Elizabeth Handforth and Caroline McNeill-Moss from the Starter Studio Programme at Yorkshire Artspace delivered excellent presentations just before Christmas to a panel at Sheffield Assay Office.

Two designs have been selected and have gone forward to be made. Victoria has designed a silver petit four stand and Elizabeth and Caroline have worked up a collaborative design in silver; a conceptual, conversation piece depicting the rivers and waterways of Sheffield that references the people of the city.

The Sheffield Assay Office, Yorkshire Artspace and Museums Sheffield are excited to see the Precious Little Gems Commissions become a reality. Victoria, Elizabeth and Caroline will now start work on these pieces. The work is overseen by designer silversmith Cameron Maxfield and Rachel Dodd at Yorkshire Artspace and will be is assayed and hallmarked at the Sheffield Assay Office.The public will be able to see them on display in the foyer of Museums Sheffield, Millennium Gallery after Easter.

Ashley Carson, Assay Master said;

“We’re delighted with the two new designs, it is so important to support recently qualified designer silversmiths, and we are very much looking forward to seeing these designs become reality”.

Since 2004 silver commissions have been produced by participants on the Starter Studio Programme at Yorkshire Artspace, in total 25 pieces of silverware have been sponsored by Sheffield Assay Office. All the previous commissions are currently on display in the Sir Hugh Sykes Metalwork Gallery at Millennium Galleries.


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