Sterling Silver with Purpleheart. These spoons were made for a special exhibiton of Contemporary Silverware hosted by Christie's in 2013. Tooke strove to create a contrast using Sterling silver and Purpleheart with both spoons whilst inverting the function of each material to oppose the other.
Sterling silver and copper. The cup was spun, soldered and riveted onto a hot forged handle. The spoon is press formed and hand forged. The tray is press formed. Dimensions: 195mm long x 90mm wide x 80mm high Made in 2011 Photographer Jerry Lampson
This ceremonial crosier stands 1.9m tall. The crook at the top and the laser cut tube are made from stainless steel. The silver spinning in between represents a crucible with a double crown of flames erupting made from sterling silver (partialyl gold plated). Blue acrylic and nylon detail between silver spinnings and within the stainless tube represent Sheffield's rivers. Yew turned for the majority of the staff length. Photography Nigel Barker
Sterling silver and Whitby jet. The black buds between the larger petals were turned from Whitby Jet, because it is of Yorkshire. The gilded flames emanating from beneath the Yorkshire rose were chosen in reference to an old Yorkshire flag. The gilded button in the centre has been struck with horse shoe marks to signify horse racing. 230mm diameter Photography by Chris Boland.
My interest in spoons and silverware developed whilst studying Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating in 2007 I gained work experience at David Mellor’s Round Building, then started my business in 2008.
The aim of my work is to strike a balance between function and aesthetic. I appreciate curvaceous forms that fit the contours of the hand, with clear flowing lines and unadorned surfaces.
How to contact Stefan Tooke.
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