Jennifer Ricketts, currently on our Starter Studio Programme for designer Silversmiths & Jewellers, is the latest recipient of the Little Gems commission in silver awarded through programme sponsors Sheffield Assay Office.
This years brief was to create a flower holder. Jennifer used her signature hand drawn and hand cut style to create a piece containing iconic buildings from the Sheffield city landscape. The resulting work (pictured) uses silver generously supplied by sponsor Capella Manufacturing Ltd (Bullion Dealers adn Refiners).
Over the last 11 years, The Sheffield Assay Office have given 20 emerging silversmiths the opportunity to test out new ideas and realise their designs in silver through the annual 'Little Gems' commision. These objects hten join the metalwork collections of Sheffield Assay Office and Museums Sheffield.
The partnership between Yorkshire Artspace , Sheffeild Assay Office and Museums Sheffield aims to higlight how the high standard in the craft of silversmithing is still alive and thriving in the city of Sheffield through the use of both traditional or contemporary techinques and styles.
The Little Gems commissions are currently being displayed all thogether in the Metalwork gallery upstairs at Millenium Galleries from 28 April - 1 September 2014