A beautiful metal vase made for Sheffield civic ceremonies has been designed containing a special piece of jewellery.
The vessel was commissioned by Galvanize Sheffield and funded by the JG Graves Charitable Trust to invigorate the contemporary content of Sheffield’s Civic Collection, housed for everyone to see in the Town Hall.
An important element of Galvanize is to encourage the creation and display of new work by emergent makers with a Graduate Commission providing an opportunity to produce an object to be added to the city’s Civic Collection.
The latest commission was awarded to Daniel Woodford from London’s Royal College of Art whose vase is cast in bronze with precious metals plated and polished onto the surface. When the ornate filigree lid is lifted, a slender chain appears and at the end is a beautiful ring, sized to fit this year’s Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley.
Daniel said: “I wanted to pay homage to the city of metal with a bold and flamboyant design but also to the office of The Lord Mayor so I came up with the idea of the secret ring. It should be a good ice breaker at civic functions!”