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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grace, Shaun, born 1989 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital print on paper mounted on foam-board

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shaun Grace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MD, shelf 47

Shaun Grace (b. 1989) is a designer and silversmith. He studied Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery at the University of the Creative Arts, Rochester. After graduating he completed a residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust, becoming an honorary Fellow in 2012.

His work has received numerous awards and bursaries from the silversmithing industry including the Goldsmiths’ Company Silver Bursary (2011), The Bishopsland Educational Trust Silver Bursary (2011/2012), the Silver Award at the Craft and Design Council Awards (2012) and the Cockpit Arts Award (2012).

In 2011 Grace won the prestigious Young Designer Silversmith Award. This annual competition is organised by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in order to encourage students to show artistic individuality in silver and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills. It is open to any student in the UK, under the age of 30, currently enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course or equivalent. The winner makes a commission for a museum in connection with a leading workshop.

According to the terms of the award, the winning design is to be given to the appropriate major museum nearest the winner’s college. As Grace was studying at the University of the Creative Arts at Rochester his piece was presented to the V&A (M.227:1-2-2011 and M.228:1-2-2011).

The design brief for the 2011 Young Designer Silversmith Award was for a pair of silver vases that had to interact with each other as well as display a particular species of flower. Grace responded by creating a design inspired by the concave and convex forms found in the architecture of the Sydney Opera House. His chosen flower, the calla lily, also plays a significant role in the design of the vases.

This design was submitted by Grace as part of his competition entry. It displays a selection of computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and renderings which illustrate the composition of the vases as well as the ways in which they interact both with each other and with the calla lilies.

Physical description

Digital print on paper mounted on foam-board. In the top right corner is printed text explaining the concept behind the competition entry. There are also three designs for the vases, two (computer-aided design) CAD renderings, one showing the vases with flowers the other without, and a CAD drawing illustrating the composition of the vases. The vases themselves are fabricated from sheet silver, the side walls are L shaped and the base plate, top plates and front wall are curved.

Place of Origin

England (made)


2011 (made)


Grace, Shaun, born 1989 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Digital print on paper mounted on foam-board


Height: 42 cm, Width: 59.3 cm

Descriptive line

Presentation board for a pair of silver flower vases to hold calla lilies by Shaun Grace, digital print on paper mounted on foam-board, England, 2011


Paper; Ink; Board


Digital inkjet; CAD

Subjects depicted

Vases; Lilies


Designs; Silver; Metalwork; Vases

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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