Detail View: SHIMMER: Millennium Canteen

Millennium Canteen
Soup Spoon and Dessert Spoon
Creation Date: 
18 cm long
Image Date: 
20th century
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Display Creator: 
PAIN, Alfred
Image ID: 
Dessert Spoon: This has been designed to carry out the various requirements of cutting, scooping, chasing slippery bits around the plate that are often needed when no fork is provided. It has also been designed to provide a light-weight spoon that can be made without excessive forging. The aesthetic is such that it can rest in any of the four planes. This example has been hand-made, but there is no reason that the design should not be transferred to a manufacturing technique. Soup spoon: The spoon shape is the result of carefully researching the action of actually drinking soup with a spoon, and gathering the soup into the spoon. The shape relates to the shapes of soup plates and bowls and to the various types of soup, broth, consommés, cremes and goulash type potages where there may even be pieces to be cut. The British tend to drink from the side of the spoon, but on the continent of Europe it is more usual to use the front of the bowl. The spoon is intended as a Euro spoon. The Millennium Canteen was commissioned as part of 700 Years of Sheffield Cutlery celebrations, and is dedicated to Robert The Cutler. This unique collection of cutlery was presented to the City of Sheffield by the Master Cutler, Mr Paul Tear, on November 22nd 1997 at the City Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield. The Millennium Canteen was commissioned by Sheffield City Council and the Association of British Designer Silversmiths. The project was generously supported by The Sheffield Assay Office, Thessco Limited and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. The project was conceived by Paul Swales, Public Art Officer for Sheffield City Council. "The commission was designed to promote excellence in design and production, and to give makers an opportunity for experiment and innovation. The ABDS makers rose to this challenge to create work that will stand as exemplars for future generations and demonstrate the creative and technical skill in silverware at the end of the 20th century." 18/03/98 - Paul Swales, Public Art Officer, Sheffield City Council. Howard Fenn, Chairman, Association of British Designer Silversmiths. The Canteen is on display in the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
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Photographed by: 
Alan Booth / Pete Fisher
PAIN, Alfred
Creator Role: 
Silversmith and designer.
Culture Gender: 
Subject Heading: 
Association of British Designer Silversmiths
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Subject Heading: 
Cutlery -- Design
Subject Heading: 
Cutlery -- England -- Sheffield
Subject Heading: 
Heritage -- England -- Sheffield
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Design exhibitions