Material and Medium: Sterling silver and acrylic
Dimensions: Overall: 100 x 160 x 160mm (3 15/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 5/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.647
This bowl was made in 2006 as Sheffield Hallam University's inaugural VIP corporate gift. The bowl will be a limited edition, presented exclusively to the most distinguished of guests.
The highly polished bowl was designed by metalwork and jewellery student, Suzie Horan. The bowl and base are made from Lustre Silver. The stem is made from acrylic and has the Sheffield Hallam University logo and Sheffield hallmark at its centre.
This gift was presented to the City of Sheffield by the University. It celebrates Sheffield Hallam University's centenary partnership with Sheffield Assay Office. The Assay Office has supported the University through the donation of silver, bursaries and commissions for one hundred years in recognition of the high standard in metalwork and jewellery achieved by its staff and students.
"We are extremely proud of our long standing relationship with Sheffield Hallam. It gives us the chance to put something back into the industry and help nurture future talent. We are delighted to be involved in the new Lustre Silver, and subsequent corporate gift, which truly recognises the design excellence that Hallam students have to offer" (Ashley Carson, Assay Master, Sheffield Assay Office).
The bowl was designed by Suzie Horan and manufactured by Christopher Perry. The engraving was carried out by Peter De Vine. Other craftsmen involved in its production were David Allison (metal spinner) and Christopher Shaw (toolmaker). Stanley Plastics produced the acrylic stem.
The interior and exterior of the bowl are engraved with flames. In Suzie Horan's words:
"Traditionally fire and flames were used in silversmithing, cutlery manufacture and the steel industry. The engraved flames, both within and outside the bowl, remember this process, as does the statement 'ex flammae veritas', meaning 'truth from fire'. This is also the motto of the Assay Office".
Lustre Silver is the world's first non tarnish silver. The development of Lustre Silver shows the importance of innovation and creativity in connecting Sheffield's heritage with the future of technology.
The material was developed by Dr Hywel Jones from the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) at Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Carrs of Sheffield. Lustre Silver is a 'stainless' silver product that requires a simple wipe with a cloth to restore its original finish.
This object was sponsored by Sheffield Assay Office.