London, England, 1998
Designed and made by Toby Russell (b. 1963)
Commissioned by the V&A in 1998
Modern metalworkers produce highly sophisticated designs in pewter. Promoted by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers and leading colleges of art and design, pewter has undergone a revival as both a useful and beautiful modern metal. Annual awards such as 'Pewter Live' nurture the next generation of pewterers and introduce contemporary designs into the industry.
To make this vase, the London silversmith and pewterer Toby Russell scored, folded and soldered a sheet of pewter. He wanted to create a sense of movement on the highly reflective surface. He said that he 'distorted the environment around the piece by means of the form alone without need for superfluous detail or ornamentation'.