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Precious Little Gems Commission sponsored by Sheffield Assay office and Capella Ltd

17 Apr 2015


Precious Little GemsPrecious Little Gems Commission sponsored by Sheffield Assay office and Capella Ltd are on display at Millennium Galleries Foyer, Museums Sheffield 13th April – 4th October 2015

Commissions in Silver by Sheffield Assay Office and Capella Ltd

Florence Carter and Jodie Hatcher are two of the current participants of the Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers based at Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, Sheffield. This programme offers them access to a fully equipped shared workshop, technical and mentor support, commission and exhibition opportunities as well as on-going business advice. 

The Sheffield Assay office offers a commission opportunity to these emerging silversmiths in their second year of the programme. The Annual ‘Precious Little Gems’ enables them to test out new ideas and realise their designs in silver. The finished objects then join the metalwork collections of Sheffield Assay office and Museums Sheffield. Florence and Jodie were this year’s winners. The brief was to incorporate casting grain into their design. The casting grain was kindly donated by Capella Ltd; Bullion dealers and refiners based in Buxton.

The partnership between Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield Assay Office and Museums Sheffield aims to highlight how the high standard in craft of silversmithing is still alive and thriving in the city of Sheffield through the use of both traditional or contemporary techniques and styles.

Jodie’s work – Jodie produced a light piece entitled ‘Woven Rose’ made from Sterling Silver, the piece was inspired by the Yorkshire Rose. Her design has five petal-like woven forms where the light shines out to create interesting shadows.

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Florence’s work- Florence has produced as Sterling and Britannia canapé’ bowl, entitled Sheffield’s 7 hills and 7 impressions. Florence has drawn inspiration from Sheffield and the old saying that Sheffield was built on seven hills. The piece incorporates impressions of Sheffield’s metalworking history in seven sections representing the seven rolling hills.

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