, born 1964
Material and Medium: Silver, Stainless steel
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1998.75.20
What is this object?
This spiked salad knife and fork were designed by Chris Knight in 1997 for the Millennium Canteen. They are made of silver and stainless steel, which has been press formed and soldered.
What is the millennium canteen?
The Millennium Canteen was commissioned by Sheffield City Council and the Association of British Designer Silversmiths, as part of the 700 Years of Sheffield Cutlery celebrations. The project was generously supported by The Sheffield Assay Office, Thessco Limited and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. Thirty-seven different makers are represented, revealing an astonishing range of approaches, skills and aesthetic sensibilities, all harmoniously accommodated within the single case. No unifying design criteria were imposed, apart from guidelines on size, and that the result should be imaginative. Each silversmith was allocated by ballot a group of objects: a fish knife and fork; a pair of salad servers; a dessert setting, and a set fee for the design and manufacture. Together the pieces offer a snapshot of the best of silver design.
About the maker…
Chris Knight is known for his functionally and visually provocative silverware. His studio is located in Sheffield and he teaches metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for his contribution to metalwork. His unusual pieces feature in private and public collections around the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Museums Sheffield Metalwork Design Award for his ‘Lest We Forget’ chalice.