Published Thursday 20th December 12
Olympic duo Samantha Murray and Jon Schofield will round off a fantastic year on Sunday with a festive presentation from Ribble Valley Borough Council.
Council leader Michael Ranson will present the pair with personalised pieces of artwork marking their success at the London 2012 Olympics.
Samantha, 23, of West Bradford, won the silver medal in the modern pentathlon, while Jon, 27, took bronze in the canoe sprint, alongside his kayaking partner, Liam Heath.
The medalists were honoured at a civic reception and victory parade through Clitheroe immediately after the Olympics.
But the council then commissioned top Manchester pewter artist Ella McIntosh, who grew up in Clitheroe and is a former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil, to produce personalised pieces of artwork for the triumphant pair.
Ella, 26, who is one of the UK's leading pewter designers and a member of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, has designed and produced bowls for the medalists featuring figurines engaged in their respective sports.
Samantha's features a swimmer, show-jumper, runner, pistol-shooter and fencer, while Jonathan's captures the final dramatic moments of his race to the finishing line in his two-man kayak.
Ella, who graduated from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University with a first-class honours degree in designed metalwork and jewellery, studied extensive footage of Samantha and Jon from the London games.
She said: "I have never worked with figurines before, so this commission posed a unique challenge and I am pleased with the result.
"It was an honour to work on a piece commemorating the Olympic success of two outstanding athletes from my home borough."Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Michael Ranson said: "Samantha and Jonathan both hail from my Waddington and West Bradford ward, so I am delighted to be presenting them with these fine pieces of artwork marking their incredible success at London 2012 and the ongoing pride that they bring to the borough."The bowls sit on oak plinths made by master woodworker Paul Case, of Osbaldeston.
They will be presented at the Platform Gallery in Station Road, Clitheroe, at 1pm on Sunday, December 23, and members of the public are invited to attend.
- Pewter is a metal consisting mainly of tin, with a small amount of copper and antimony
- Pewter has a low melting temperature and is a relatively soft metal
- Pewter traditionally represents 10th wedding anniversaries
- Because pewter does not tarnish like silver, it is easy to look after and does not require regular polishing
- Pewter is steeped in British tradition and was used as everyday tableware, before the advent of china
- Pewter has undergone a soar in popularity in recent years, as an attractive alternative to precious metals, such as silver and gold