North East Area of NADFAS
Material and Medium: silver
Dimensions: Overall: 71 x 29 x 115mm (2 13/16 x 1 1/8 x 4 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2009.204
This is a design piece entitled ‘Drinking Cup for Oliver Reed’ by Ji Young Kim. It was created as part of the ‘Designing for Clients’ bursary competition funded by the North East Area of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and sponsored by the Sheffield Assay Office. The competition was open to second year students studying Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. This cup was one of two winning entries in 2008.
The ‘Designing for Clients’ competition asks students to design a suitable object for use by a real person, dead or alive. Oliver Reed (1938-1999) was a popular British film actor who in later years developed a reputation for excessive alcohol consumption. The cup’s design is based on a siphon mechanism which naturally moderates the amount of liquid dispensed. According to Ji Young Kim, the shape of the cup is inspired by Oliver Reed’s ‘attractive smiling eyes’.
The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is a leading Arts based educational charity. The aims of the Association are the promotion of the aesthetic education of the public, the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid for the preservation of our artistic heritage for the benefit of the public. The Designing for Clients award showcases the talent of the present generation of Sheffield metalwork designers and demonstrates that innovation, creativity and excellence in design are still flourishing in Sheffield metalworking today.Display Location: