VasePresented through :
North East Area of NADFAS
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Overall: 245 x 85 x 124mm (9 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 4 7/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2008.16
This flower vase was designed and made by Rose Lees. In 2003, the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) provided the first of a series of bursaries for second year students studying Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. The bursary was created to enable a talented student to produce a piece of silver that would become part of Sheffield's Designated Metalwork Collection.
Using a defined project brief named 'Designing for Clients', each student made a presentation on the piece they would make. This had to be an informal drinking cup or a modest centrepiece in which a prize winning flower could be displayed. The students had to illustrate how their object filled the brief, their sources of inspiration and to discuss how they would make their proposed design. The winning design for was produced by Rose Lees.
Rose Lees described the design of the vase as modest and utilitarian with clean simple lines.
"The flat sheet in my design is used to frame the bloom, making it the focus of the piece. It is designed to present the flower bloom at an angle, rather than vertically, to display it in a more unusual manner and provoke interest. The water reservoir and stem support are angled to produce this effect. The truncations of forms on the main body came from looking at watering cans, as do the detailing of rims. The chosen finish for the piece was a matt surface."
Commissioned and kindly donated by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies).Display Location: