Pewter Series for London Craft Week 2016
Working closely with family-run manufacturer Wentworth Pewter and the unique skills of their craftsmen and women, McIntyre sought to incorporate a variety of traditional techniques he had previously learnt within the Wentworth factory after finishing his design education. Pewter is one of the UK’s oldest manufacturing industries in continuous production and it was important to us that we work with a British company who are dedicated to making this much-loved material relevant for today’s consumer market.
"The milk jug and sugar bowl were designed around my understanding of pewter as a material, incorporating some of Wentworth's most refined craft skills including spinning, soldering, raising and brushing," explains Ian Mcintyre, "but also making use of the newer technologies they have at their disposal, such as milling."
Pewter as a material is new for us, Ian understands it's properties and importantly had an existing relationship with the makers at Wentworth which gave us confidence we could produce a refined product. We’re proud of the results and glad to work with a British manufacturer with such a strong heritage.
The shapes of these new pieces are drawn from the clean, elegant forms of the existing Pottery Series family, bringing to light a cohesive collection of tableware that showcases a variety of different skills and high level of British craftsmanship.
For the official launch of the Pewter Series, we will be hosting a pop-up exhibition as part of London Craft Week (3-7 May). The new Pewter Series will be displayed alongside a series of images and samples illustrating the process by which the objects were developed and made.
An in-store talk with special guest speakers Ian McIntyre and Richard Abdey, CEO of Wentworth Pewter, will take place on Thursday 6th May. Ticket information to follow.