Cup for Lucy Orta
Presented through :
North East Area of NADFAS
Material and Medium: Britannia silver and paint
Dimensions: Overall: 96 x 63mm (diameter) (3 3/4 x 2 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2011.69
This is a design piece entitled ‘Cup for Lucy Orta’, made by the silversmith Jon Peters. 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 2009.
The ‘Designing for Clients’ competition asks students to design a suitable object for use by a real person, dead or alive. Lucy Orta is a contemporary visual artist. Her installations incorporate aspects of art, fashion, architecture and ecological ethics. She has designed a survival kit for the modern nomad, essentially a high-tech synthetic coat that transforms into a backpack and a tent. These ‘Habitents’ have been used by homeless people living in Paris and Munich. Her work confronts environmental issues, including water pollution, global warming and population control.
The designer, Jon Peters, explained how Lucy Orta’s work informed his design: “Taking inspiration from Lucy's art installations, I have tried to combine her influences from military memorabilia with the chased design for the strength of the piece. The crackled glaze enamel paint effect is my interpretation of the path the human spirit has to endure due to displacement of war. The silver showing through the glaze represents these pathways.” Peters uses traditional metalworking techniques of hand raising, chasing and repoussé in combination with contemporary design styles.
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.