Exhibition Shines on

Alison Counsell,  Senior Lecturer in  Metalwork & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, with her Wapenmap stainless steel   sculpture of the contours of the Peak District,  featured in the Designed to Shine exhibition at the Millennium Gallery
Alison Counsell, Senior Lecturer in Metalwork & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, with her Wapenmap stainless steel sculpture of the contours of the Peak District, featured in the Designed to Shine exhibition at the Millennium Gallery

The exhibition in the Craft and Design gallery at the Millennium Gallery, Designed to Shine, is part of a city-wide celebration of 100 years of stainless steel, showcasing the diversity and quality of products made in stainless steel in Sheffield and beyond.

Along with historic artefacts are several examples of contemporary design and innovation.

Metalworker Alison Counsell, Senior Lecturer in Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, has four pieces in the exhibition.

It includes a large four-part wall hanging, Wapenmap, a stainless steel contoured map sculpture.

It shows the Dam Flask, Agden and Strines areas around Sheffield but Counsell has produced a whole range covering the Peak District and other National Parks, even an Australian map which is now in their national library.

In the museum shop people can buy kits in which they can make their own contoured map.

The Wapenmaps have led the artist to develop photo etching techniques.

Maps are just one source of inspiration for her work along with technical illustrations, the structure of fabrics and church architecture.

Also in the exhibition is The Travelling Priest, 
a portable communion
 set which includes 
chalice, paten, pyx, candle holders, vessels for water and wine.

She experimented to create the right tension in the stainless steel for it to curve to form an interlocking vessel.

The other pieces are Stapled, a stainless steel vessel, and a collaboration with sculptor Vivien Whitaker, Beyond Venus.

The Zambian-born metalsmith has degrees in silversmithing and metalwork and jewellery and for the past 10 years has specialised in stainless steel.

She exhibits nationally and internationally, undertakes private and public commissions such as one for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Designed to Shine continues until October 13 and there is a Lunchtime Talk linked to the exhibition, From Local to Global – 100 Years of Sheffield Steel, at the Millennium Gallery next Thursday, September 26, from 1pm–1.45pm,