Kathryn Hinton

This week I came across the work of Kathryn Hinton. This British silversmith has a great collection of silverware specialising in silver cutlery. I had seen her work before in the Contemporary British Silversmiths website but when I went on to her own website I found lots more lovely things to look at.

Cake Slice and stand, Silver & Sycamore, Kathryn Hinton
Cake Slice and stand, Silver & Sycamore, Kathryn Hinton

 

One of my favourite examples of her work is this beautiful cake slice and sycamore cake stand. The way she has considered how the cake slice sits on the stand shows the attention to detail of her work. The great thing about this piece is that the function doesn’t compromise its aesthetic and actually adds to the beauty. As you know I’m in the process of making my own cake slice at the moment so I was delighted to see this piece.  My cake slice has been put on the back burner until I can find the perfect vice. My old vice just isn’t up to the job so I’m on a vice hunt at the moment!

'Exhausted Cutlery', Silver & Ceramic, Kathryn Hinton
'Exhausted Cutlery', Silver & Ceramic, Kathryn Hinton

Another great example of Hinton’s flatware is ‘Exhaused Cutlery’. This knife, fork and spoon set are made in sterling silver. The cutlery follows the shape of the ceramic plate which it seems to have collapsed onto. Giving the impression they fell there of exhaustion from constant use!

'Non Sharing Bowl', Silver, Kathryn Hinton
'Non Sharing Bowl', Silver, Kathryn Hinton

 

The other piece in Kathryn’s collection that put a smile on my face was this ‘Non Sharing’ bowl and fork. This fork was made for people like me who are very protective of the food on their plate! The tines of the fork spell out the word ‘MINE’ so there can be no mistaking the sentiment. The double bowl also has the word stamped in two different fonts which looks almost like a hallmark.  The concept of this piece is the playful interaction between the bowl and the fork. The two pieces come together through the lettering on the fork and the evidence of where it has been on the bowl by leaving its mark.

She also has a range of personal forks where you can commission a fork with your initials on the tines so you can hallmark your own food. The example below is made using her own initials.

Personal Fork, Silver, Kathryn Hinton
Personal Fork, Silver, Kathryn Hinton

 

In contrast to her Non Sharing bowl she also has a sharing dish for those of you who are feeling more generous!

'Sharing Dish', Silver, Kathryn Hinton
'Sharing Dish', Silver, Kathryn Hinton

Spoon Part 5

This is part five in a series on how to make a spoon.

Click on the links to see Part one, two,three and four.

The spoon has been polished on the lathe and now it needs to be cleaned in the ultrasonic.  The ultrasonic cleaner is a bath of water that uses ultrasound and a cleaning solution to remove any dirt and grease. It does this by agitating the water to get into the difficult areas without damaging or scratching the piece. For this reason it is used for delicate items such as jewellery and optical lens and equipment.

 

Ultrasonic Cleaner
Ultrasonic Cleaner

 

Water vibrating in Ultrasonic cleaner
Water vibrating in Ultrasonic cleaner

 

Now that the spoon is nice and clean it just needs to pose for a few photos…

 

 

 

Spoon Part 3

This is part three of a series on how to make a spoon.

Click on the links to see Part 1 and Part 2

The bowl of the spoon is nearly finished so I began working on the handle. The handle is going to be curved as this is a baby spoon. In my original sketches I explored the different options for the handle and have decided to curl the handle in a loop.

Forming handle
Forming handle

To get this loop shape I am using my ring mandrel on a vice to curve the handle. I have annealed the spoon so it will be easy to manipulate. Using my mallet I begin by gently curving the handle around the mandrel.

Forming handle
Forming handle

When the metal starts getting stiff I annealed it again so I can begin to planish and finish the entire piece.

Annealing the spoon
Annealing the spoon

Once the spoon has been annealed and cleaned I planish it on the ring mandrel. Planishing is the when you hammer the surface with a highly polished hammer on a stake. This is to refine the surface after raising or sinking.

Planishing the handle
Planishing the handle
Planishing the handle
Planishing the handle

To get the curve on the handle I use my saddle stake. When the entire surface of the spoon has been planished and I am happy with the shape I can begin finishing  the piece. This will involve filing the edges and then buffing and polishing it on the lathe.

Planishing the handle on saddle stake
Planishing the handle on saddle stake