Bowl and structureMaker:
Material and Medium: Sterling silver, feather
Dimensions: Overall: 30 × 90mm (1 3/16 × 3 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.646
This folded and textured bowl was made for the DCF 2006-2008 Living Metal project by Victoria Kershaw, a designer silversmith from Sheffield. It is made from Sterling silver and is lined with a feather.
As part of the Living Metal project, a group of young people from Meynell Double "OO" Club and students from Freeman College took part in a series of workshops run by Victoria Kershaw.
The young people each made a Sterling silver bowl using traditional silversmithing techniques demonstrated to them by Victoria. To accompany each bowl, a supporting structure was made from materials found in the students' environment, such as twigs and feathers.
Victoria uses similar materials alongside silver in her own work. This feather-lined bowl, which Victoria created during the Living Metal project workshops, is an example of how different materials can be brought together to create beautiful and inspiring pieces.
Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who combines materials in a similar way to Victoria, had an exhibition of work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park around the time the workshops took place. His work was also used to inspire the young people to create their own objects.