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