Material and Medium: Britannia silver
Dimensions: Overall: 230mm (9 1/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2008.46-48
These are a set of three hand-chased vases designed and made by the contemporary silversmith Katey Felton. The vases were the winning designs of the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council Award for Silver in 2007.
Katey uses traditional hand-chasing techniques to create her distinctive fluid patterns. Chasing is the process whereby the designs are hammered into sheet silver. Her work is inspired by the lines and layering found in natural organic objects such as shells, fruit and skin. The designs on these vases are 'Spiral', 'Linear' and 'Pineapple'.
The vases are made from Britannia silver which has a higher pure silver content than sterling silver. Silver is a soft metal so a small amount of alloy (other metal) has to be added to make it more practical to work with. Sterling silver has a silver content of at least 92.5%; Britannia silver is 95.84% pure. Britannia silver is softer and so is easier to fashion with hammering techniques. It has its own distinctive hallmark to distinguish it from sterling silver.Display Location: