, born 1964
Material and Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions: Overall: 75 x 40mm (2 15/16 x 1 9/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.40
This small vessel is a tequila shot designed for drinking small measures of the spirit. It is made from Sterling silver and was hallmarked in 1999. It was designed and manufactured by the Sheffield designer silversmith, Chris Knight.
The shot has a spiky finish that is symbolic of the leaves of the agave cactus from which tequila is made. Spikes are a characteristic feature of much of Chris' work, as a means of challenging the relationship between design and function:
"I endeavour to create objects that induce a nervous flutter through their visual and functional dichotomy. Objects that may hurt, but at the same time you are strangely drawn towards them. Through my work I explore new ways of understanding relationships between form and function, our programmed recognition of this partnership and to slow down our pursuit of bland convenience" (Chris Knight 2004).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society in 2000, with support from the Crafts Council.