Precious Little Gems

We are delighted to announce that two new pieces of silverware have been commissioned for this year’s ‘Precious Little Gems’ commission. Victoria Radcliffe, Elizabeth Handforth and Caroline McNeill-Moss from the Starter Studio Programme were selected by a panel at Sheffield Assay Office. Two new designs are now in production: Victoria has designed a petit four stand and Elizabeth and Carolins are collaborating on a conceptual piece depictin the rivers and waterways of Sheffield. The work is overseen by designer silversmith Cameron Maxfield and Rachel Dodd at Yorkshire Artspace and will be is assayed and hallmarked at the Sheffield Assay Office. The public will be able to see them on display in the foyer of Museums Sheffield, Millennium Gallery after Easter.

Ashley Carson, Assay Master said;

“We’re delighted with the two new designs, it is so important to support recently qualified designer silversmiths, and we are very much looking forward to seeing these designs become reality”.

Since 2004, silver commissions have been produced by participants on the Starter Studio Programme at Yorkshire Artspace, in total 25 pieces of silverware have been sponsored by Sheffield Assay Office. All the previous commissions are currently on display in the Sir Hugh Sykes Metalwork Gallery at Millennium Galleries.

Yorkshire Artspace’s Starter Studio programme for silversmiths is now open to applications with a closing deadline of 10th April 2017. Find out more here.